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Bridgeport, Connecticut, considering ban on wild animal circus acts

Posted: 1 November 2018. Updated: 7 November 2018



On Monday, November 5, Bridgeport’s City Council unanimously voted to ban wild and exotic animal circus acts. The second city in the state to pass such a ban, the ruling is especially significant being where PT Barnum lived (and is buried) and was mayor.


ADI applauds Bridgeport, Connecticut, which, in recognition of changing times, will consider a local wild animal circus ban THIS MONDAY, November 5!

From the late 1870s onwards, PT Barnum, cofounder of the now-defunct Barnum & Bailey circus, lived in and was mayor of Bridgeport, CT. During winters he kept his circus animals in the city, and when he died there in 1891 he was buried in the local cemetery.

ADI supports this historic move; we were honored to work on this measure with sponsors CM Langan and CM Brown (cosponsored by CMs Taylor-Moye, Herron, Spain, Lyons, Martinez, and Jackson). This week, the Ordinance Committee unanimously voted to move the proposal to the full Council for hearing and a final vote THIS MONDAY. Now, Bridgeport must hear from Connecticut residents to put wild animal circus acts where they belong in the past. Will you speak for the animals?

Please reach out NOW - before the public hearing and final vote THIS MONDAY, November 5 - to thank the Council for embracing changing opinions and to urge them to VOTE YES to protect animals and local citizens from cruel and dangerous wild animal acts.

You can help make historic change in Bridgeport NOW is the time to act!

Contact the Bridgeport City Council here: or see the contact list

Contact Bridgeport Mayor Ganim: 203-576-7201 or

Public Hearing and Council Meeting/Vote details:
When: November 5 at 5:30pm ET (Public Hearing), approximately 7:00pm ET (Council Meeting/Vote)
Where: City Hall, 999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

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