A New Bill Could Ban Exotic Animals From Circuses
CHARLOTTE, NC- A congressman in Virginia thinks balancing elephants and monkeys on wheels is animal cruelty.
"Keeping elephants in chains, confining lions and tigers in small cages, forcing them to perform unnatural tricks for the sole purpose of human amusement is increasingly difficult to justify," said Representative Jim Moran in an e-mail to FOX Charlotte.
The bill would outlaw exotic or wild animals from performances if they have been traveling within the last 15 days.
Animal Defenders International did an undercover study of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
"The tools of the trade are bullhorns and whips and chains. Elephants chained for a majority of their life," said Matt Rossell, the campaign director at ADI.
In a statement, Ringling Bros writes, “Multiple layers of federal state, and local laws and regulations are already in place that govern the welfare of animals. we believe Congressman Moran should stop misleading the American public."
Some of our Facebook friends say the bill is a waste of time.
Ryan posted... "If this bill passes, i guess we will take our kids to see the neighbor's dog do tricks and the local ally cat jump through flaming rings."
Christine adds... "Seems like there are more important things to worry about in this country other than exotic animals."
Local animal activists who protested the Ringling Bros circus in January stand behind the bill.
"These animals lives are not supposed to be like this. They can't speak speak for themselves... so we speak for them," said Paul White, an organizer of the Charlotte Animal Welfare Meet up Group.