Written by Jeff Mackey
The following was originally posted on September 25, 2012.
of a change in the council's agenda, a
vote was not held on the 25th. Please keep watching The
PETA Files for further details, and visit RinglingBeatsAnimals.com to
learn about more ways to put a stop to circus cruelty.
This is exciting: Today, the City of
Anaheim will consider banning
the use of exotic animals in traveling exhibitions—including circuses! Ringling Bros. includes Anaheim in its annual California tour. Imposing
an exotic-animal ban would reinforce PETA's intensive efforts to stop Ringling from abusing
elephants and other animals.
Anaheim is where one of Ringling's elephants, Sarah, collapsed in 2011 after Ringling forced her to continue performing despite a chronic
infection. If passed, the ban will ensure that she—and all the elephants used
by Ringling—will never again be subjected to further cruelty in that city.
Currently, Anaheim has a ban on keeping exotic animals, but the
proposed ordinance, introduced by Council Member Lorri Galloway, would remove
an existing exemption for circuses and other traveling acts. Anaheim would join
Ontario, Canada, in the growing list of
North American jurisdictions that are currently considering bans on the use of bullhooks, elephants, or all exotic animals in circuses.
If you live in the Anaheim area, please join the concerned citizens who will be meeting at City Hall to speak in favor of the ban during the City Council's 5 p.m. meeting.
Wherever you reside, learn how you can help
PETA put an end to Ringling's cruelty.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.