Los Angeles will no longer allow wild or exotic animals to be used for entertainment purposes—such as circuses, exotic animal shows, or similar venues.
The city council unanimously approved a motion to draft the ban last Tuesday. The motion was introduced by council member David Ryu.
“Wild and exotic animals have a long history of being exploited for public and private entertainment,” Ryu said in a statement. “Treating animals in this manner has taught generations of people that it is OK to view wild and exotic animals as toys. It is time that the City of Los Angeles take action to make clear that exhibiting such animals in this way is no longer in line with our City’s values.”
While other cities in the U.S. passed similar bans, Los Angeles is the largest city to take this kind of action.