On May 21, 2019, Representatives Grijalva (D-AZ) and Schweikert (R-AZ) reintroduced the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA; HR 2863), to end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows in the US.
With the passage of TEAPSPA, the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, Congress aims to amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and traveling exhibitions.
Traveling circuses are detrimental to animal welfare because of the adverse effects of captivity and transport. Due to severe confinement, lack of free exercise, and the restriction of natural behaviors, animals used in traveling circuses suffer and are prone to health, behavioral, and psychological problems. Careful research and detailed undercover investigations have shown the welfare of animals and safety of the public is unacceptably compromised under the confinement and the daily brutality of life on the road with a traveling circus. Law enforcement authorities have difficulty enforcing Federal animal health, safety, and welfare laws, and violations. Due to the mobile and transitory nature of traveling circuses, law enforcement cannot properly monitor the conditions of the animals or follow up on previous infractions by the traveling circuses.
Congress has a responsibility to protect the welfare of animals and ensure public safety. A prohibition on the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses is proportionate, responsible, and the least expensive solution to this problem.
Reasons to support the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act. For a full list of 10 reasons, click here.
- Protects wild and exotic animals
- Prevents public safety hazard
- Saves taxpayer money
Please support and pass the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, the bill that will stop circus suffering.
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