New York City Council approves ban of wild animal acts

New York Daily News reported last Wednesday that the Council voted 43-6 to pass the bill, which bans elephants, lions, tigers, bears, giraffes and other beasts from big tops in the five boroughs.

“This legislation will ensure that animals are in their natural state, not confined in small boxes or treated in other inhumane ways,” said Democratic Councilwoman Rosie Mendez (Manhattan), who sponsored the bill. “Equally important, human beings will be safe from animals that may act ferociously.”

After passing the ban, the Council plans to vote next month to create a grace period until the end of next year before it goes into effect, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said.

Originally the prohibition would have taken effect in six months.

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