Animals and the Law: New York’s “Traveling Wild and Exotic Animal Protection Act”

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Elephants at a Ringbling Bros. Circus, 2008.  © Hassan Abdel-Rahman/Creative Commons Elephants at a Ringbling Bros. Circus, 2008.
© Hassan Abdel-Rahman/Creative Commons (https://www.flickr.com/photos/habdelra/2975607055/)

A proposed bill (Assembly A5407/Senate S5971) in New York State would restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows. It would add a new section to the New York Agriculture and Markets Law to restrict any “traveling circuses or show” from allowing the “participation of an exotic or wild animal, including a non-human primate, in an animal act if during the thirty day period preceding such participation, such animal was traveling in a mobile housing facility.”

“Exotic or wild animal” is defined here as to include: non-human primates, tigers, lions, wolves, bears, elephants, giraffes, camels, zebras, and certain other enumerated non-domesticated animals. This law would notinclude domesticated animals (dogs, cats, sheep, swine, cattle, horses, donkeys, mules, and goats).
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