New York City Bans Wild Animal Acts in Circuses
Two months ago, the city council of Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States, voted to ban the use of all wild animals in entertainment. Yesterday, the New York City Council followed in those footsteps and voted to ban wild animal acts in circuses after a one-year phase in.
According to The Humane Society’s blog, the “commanding vote” was 43 to 6, with Mayor Bill de Blasio stating that he “looks forward to signing this legislation.” The bill was a collaborative effort of New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez, Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson, The Humane Society of the United States, Empire State Humane Voters, with the support of a “large coalition of animal protection organizations and grassroots advocates.”
After the vote, Council Member Mendez stated:
“This legislation will ensure that animals are in their natural state, not confined in small boxcars and/or treated in other inhumane ways. Equally important, human beings will be safe from animals that may act ferociously.”
The blog concludes stating that after this ban, “we will continue to see the adoption of policies to forbid wild animal acts.”
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