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Petitioning State Senator Dean Skelos (State Senator) and 37 others

Support the Traveling Wild and Exotic Animal Protection Act!

Please Help Us Stop The Suffering of  Elephants, Tigers, Bears and Other Wild Animals in Circuses!! Urge The New York State Legislators To Support TheTraveling Wild And Exotic Animal Protection Act.

Wild and Exotic Circus Animals Live Dreadful Lives of Domination, Confinement, and Violent Training.

It is standard practice to beat, shock, and whip wild animals to make them perform unnatural tricks. In the wild, elephants don’t stand on stools, bears don’t ride bicycles, and tigers don’t jump through fiery hoops.

Laws Protecting Animals in Traveling Shows are Grossly Inadequate and Poorly Enforced

The Animal Welfare Act establishes only minimal guidelines and even these meager standards are often ignored. Fines for violations are so small that they become merely a “cost of doing business” to the perpetrator and are inadequate to act as real deterrents.

Circuses Deprive Animals of Their Basic Needs To Exercise, Roam, Socialize, Forage and Play

Circus Animals spend almost their entire lives shackled and caged. Big Cats, bears, and primates are forced to eat, drink, sleep, urinate and defecate in the same cramped cages. When circus animals are not performing they are hauled around the country in poorly ventilated trailers and boxcars in all kinds of extreme weather conditions. 

Using Dangerous Animals in Performances Jeopardizes Public Safety and Often Puts Children at Greatest Risk.

There are dozens of cases of injuries and deaths caused by out of control circus animals, several of them in the state of New York. 

A Growing Number of Countries, Cities, and Other Municipalities are Restricting or Banning the Use of Wild Animals In Entertainment. 

20 Countries and 40 United States municipalities, including the towns of Southampton and Greenburgh, NY are on the list. 

Take Action:

Please help by signing the petition and thereby letting our New York State Legislators know that they should support The Traveling Wild And Exotic Animal Protection Act, Assembly Bill A5407 and Senate Bill S5971.

SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSED LAW

 

A.5407/S.5971 would add a new section 352 to the New York Agriculture and Markets Law to prohibit any “traveling circuses or show”from including 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.”  

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Senator
    Dean Skelos (State Senator)
  • State Representative
    Frank Skartados
  • State Senator
    James Seward
  • State Representative
    Sheldon Silver
  • State Senator
    Velmanette Montgomery
  • State Senator
    Michael Ranzenhofer
  • State Representative
    Marc Butler
  • State Senator
    Patrick Gallivan
  • State Senator
    Thomas O Mara
  • State Representative
    James Skoufis
  • State Senator
    Patty Ritchie
  • State Representative
    Harry Bronson
  • State Representative
    William Magee
  • State Representative
    Clifford Crouch
  • Governor
    Andrew Cuomo
  • State Representative
    Aileen Gunther
  • State Representative
    Michael Simanowitz
  • State Representative
    Addie Jenne
  • New York State House
  • State Representative
    Steven Otis
  • Representative
    Jose Serrano
  • State Senator
    Catharine Young
  • State Senator
    Terry Gipson
  • State Senator
    Cecilia Tkaczyk
  • State Representative
    Linda Rosenthal
  • State Representative
    Barbara Lifton
  • State Representative
    Al Stirpe
  • State Representative
    Jose Rivera
  • State Representative
    Peter Lopez
  • State Representative
    Didi Barrett
  • State Representative
    Angelo Santabarbara
  • State Representative
    Ken Blankenbush
  • State Representative
    Gary Finch
  • State Senator
    David Valesky
  • State Representative
    Stephen Hawley
  • State Representative
    Michael Benedetto
  • State Representative
    Luis Sepulveda
  • New York State Senate


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