On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Representatives Ryan Costello and Raul Grijalva introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act, a bill to protect wild and exotic animals from unhealthy lifestyles.
Traveling circuses have recently raised concerns about the treatment and well-being of wild and exotic animals: Are these animals experiencing enough socialization, are they moving freely or are they facing long-term confinement? Public safety concerns also exist as animals face unnatural living conditions.
“Traveling circuses have raised concerns about the treatment and well-being of wild and exotic animals, such as their ability to move and socialize. The Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act will protect these animals from activities that are detrimental to their health,” Costello said. “The residents of Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District are strong supporters of animal welfare and I’m proud to introduce this bill with Representative Grijalva.”
“The captivity of exotic animals has proven over the years to be torturous to some of the most majestic creatures on Earth, and downright dangerous for the people who come to see them,” Grijalva said. “A growing public understanding of the detrimental impacts on animals and the risks posed to attendees has already changed the face of circuses in America. It is imperative that we meet the call to end this practice once and for all.”
Costello and Grijalva are members of the Animal Protection Caucus and the Wildlife Refuge Caucus.
114th Congress 2d Session: H.R. 6342 ~ Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, “To amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling performances.” Bill Text Link H.R. 6342