Congressman Jim Moran, (D-Virginia) introduced the “Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act” (TEAPA) to restrict the use of exotic, non-domestic animals touring with circuses. This bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act by prohibiting the use of an exotic or wild animal in an animal act, if, "during the 15-day period preceding such participation, such animal was traveling in a mobile housing facility". Essentially, this would severely cripple the ability of small traveling circuses to exist and would require major changes to larger outfits like Ringling Brothers. In other words, the circus or exhibit just cannot come into town for one day and move on, but rather, it would have to have longer stays in each place with the additional financing for personnel and accommodations attendant to longer stays.
After the recent collapse of a circus elephant, Sarah, and constant pressure by those of us in the Animal Welfare community, this bill is much appreciated and long overdue. We must work together to see that it passes.
In any event, encourage your local cities to simply ban circuses using live animals in your communities and boycott these circuses and exhibitions wherever they may be. If no one comes - maybe they won't "build" them.
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