The more people care about the plight of circus animals, the more politicians start to react. Getting laws to support legal action against any kind of animal cruelty is the best way to start to successfully eradicate abuse.
“Animal advocates across the country are making their voices heard the week of July 21 through 25 in a week of action, and each voice counts as we encourage Congress to support H.R. 4525, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA).
TEAPA was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who has expressed concern over the detrimental effects of traveling circuses on animal welfare, stating, “The mounting evidence of inhumane treatment and the growing public concern for these animals demands that we reconsider what are appropriate living conditions for these intelligent, social creatures.”
If passed, exhibiting any exotic or wild animal who has been transported within the prior 15 days would be prohibited, meaning that traveling exotic and wild animal acts would be effectively banned. Animals used in circuses and other traveling acts endure severe physical and psychological abuse as they are carted across the country in poorly ventilated trailers and boxcars—while bound in tight chains or confined to cages barely large enough for their bodies—for up to 50 weeks every year.
This bill is a glimmer of hope for exotic and wild animals who are suffering in circuses and other traveling acts, and every voice counts! Please join PETA today by asking your representative to support and co-sponsor the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 4525) and help put an end to the suffering. ”
Please sign the petition here