Support H.R. 4525: Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act
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Currently, H.R. 4525 had been referred subcomittee Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit within the House Comittee on Agriculture. Please support this bill to keep it moving and eventually passed.
In order to "train" wild animals to perform, they're abused, and reactions are attained using negative reinforcement from humans physically striking them using their hands, whips, and bullhooks; often electrick shock prods are also used. Animals that are forced to perform during entertainment shows are housed in small, temporary facilities and/or also restricted via chains to minimize mobility. Also, during arduous journeys between performance locations, they're again housed in cramped areas and elephants are also chained. During travel, the creatures are forced to live in their feces and urine.
All of this abuse, living conditions, and overall inhumane treatment of wild animals leads to physical ailments, stress, trauma and often leads to death. There have been several documented cases of circus animals having physical injuries from bullhooks, diseases, lack of veterinary care, and mental stress that is portrayed by the body pacing, rocking, swaying heads; all of this leads to animals "snapping" and posing threat to the public, which leads to animals being gunned down in cities.
Almost 30 countries have taken action to end animal cruelty that stems from traveling circuses and it's time for the U.S. to do so as well. I understand circuses have been a part of our culture, but we shouldn't subject animals to a lifetime of trauma and a grueling death for the sake of entertainment.
Here is another video from Animal Defenders International: http://youtu.be/AAf1AKj-izY
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