Victory! Cincinnati Bans Exotic Animals in Circuses
On May 30, 2019, the City Council of Cincinnati, Ohio made it official: using exotic animals in circuses is now a misdemeanor offence. Huge thanks to everyone who got in touch with city councilors to support this important bill!
While the city previously restricted the use of exotic animals, which included elephants, exemptions were made for circuses. That’s now changed, thanks to a 7-1 vote in favor of preventing cruelty to exotic animals who suffer in circuses. Cincinnati now joins other cities, such as New Jersey and Hawaii, which ban the use of exotic animals in shows. This legislation is another indicator of how rapidly public sentiment is shifting away from these forms of exploitative entertainment.
In Defense of Animals is grateful to Stop Animal Exploitation Now for their work to get this legislation passed. We would also like to thank Councilman Chris Seelbach for introducing this legislation, and to all who supported its passage with phone calls and emails.
To take action for elephants who still languish in circuses and zoos, click here.