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NYC Council is at it again.
This time, they are considering an ordinance that will
'prohibit the display or exhibition of many wild or exotic
animals, with exceptions for accredited zoos, research facilities,
religious ceremonies or celebrations, and educational or
conservation-related programs or presentations."
Clearly, the ordinance, if passed, would shutter all circuses
that include exhibitions of wild or exotic animals, but it could
also prohibit television programs filmed in NYC that display these
The New York legislation was first introduced about a decade ago
by Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, a Manhattan Democrat. Another
Manhattan Democrat, Councilman Corey Johnson, recently joined in,
saying that "trucking wild animals in and out of the city
strictly for entertainment purposes is not a humane way to be
A hearing on the proposed ordinance (Int. No.
1233) will be held by the Council's Committee on
Health on Oct. 20. Councilman Johnson serves as the Chairman of
Not surprisingly, the animal rights "nonprofits"
NYCLASS and HSUS support the ban.
Circuses and related associations, including Ringling Bros. and
Barnum & Bailey Circus and the Circus Fans Association of
America (CFAA), are opposed to the ban. As Feld Entertainment
(parent of Ringling Bros.) explains on their website:
Through the circus, every year hundreds of thousands of children
are exposed to magical experiences with lions, camels, and other
exotic animals like nowhere else. Help us stop this bill and save
the circus for generations of families to come. Don't let animal extremists end a 146 year
If you want your voice heard, you should testify at the hearing
on October 20, 2016 at 10 am located at Council Chambers, City
Hall, 250 Broadway, New York, NY 10007.
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