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California lawmakers vote to ban the use of circus performing animals, with major loopholes

The California ban was specifically worded so that only circuses with 'acrobats, aerialists, clowns, jugglers' would be affected. The bill specifically excludes other entertainment venues such as rodeos.

ANDREW SHEELER: ‘California lawmakers voted to outlaw the use of circus performing animals. The state Senate voted unanimously for the Senate Bill 313, a ban on the commercial use of wild animals which was supported by animal rights groups Social Compassion in Legislation and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Now the legislation moves on to the State Assembly.

“California’s lawmakers are recognizing that no elephant should be chained in a parking lot, no tiger should be caged in a cramped trailer, and no camel should be whipped into performing tricks,” PETA representative Rachel Mathews said in a statement upon the bill’s passage…

The bill then defines a circus as “a performance before a live audience in which entertainment consisting of a variety of acts such as acrobats, aerialists, clowns, jugglers, or stunts is the primary attraction or principal business.” The bill also specifically excludes rodeos from the ban. The state also has existing safety requirements for domestic animals, according to an analysis of the bill’. SOURCE…


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