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ADI helps launch Pennsylvania bill to ban wild animals from circuses

Posted: 11 March 2015

March 10, 2015, HARRISBURG, PA. — Today Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) announced his introduction of a state bill to protect animals and people by banning the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts. Animal Defenders International (ADI) is working closely with Senator Leach’s office, providing research and evidence, including undercover investigations, affirming such shows cannot provide for these animals, nor can they protect citizens from the inherent risk. There is no humane existence for wild animals in traveling circuses.

Senator Leach also noted: “In the past few years, the public learned about the suffering endured by circus elephants. The outcry, including my bill to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants, was so great that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus decided to phase out the use of elephants in its shows.

Elephants are not the only circus animals that are suffering. To maximize profit, traveling exhibitions use grueling itineraries that force all of their animals to endure cramped living quarters, limited social interaction, and perpetual stress. Circuses hide this suffering from audiences, who witness only the power and grace of these magnificent animals. The secret is out. The public will not tolerate this unconscionable cruelty any longer.”

ADI President Jan Creamer said: “We are proud to support Senator Leach’s leadership on this effort to make sure these magnificent animals are not abused in the name of entertainment in Pennsylvania. Due to severe confinement, lack of free exercise, and the restriction of natural behaviors, animals used in traveling circuses suffer and are prone to health, behavioral, and psychological problems. The days of animals suffering in traveling circuses are numbered, not just here in the US but all over the world.”

ADI has been instrumental in securing many of the local restrictions now in place in at least 50 US jurisdictions in 23 states, and internationally, 30 countries have banned performing animals in traveling circuses nationwide.

Senator Leach invites his colleagues in the Pennsylvania legislature to join this effort and to attend a special Saturday, April 25th screening of ADI’s Lion Ark, a vivid behind-the-scenes account of the ambitious and daring rescue of 25 lions from illegal Bolivian circuses to sanctuary here in the US. Additional Pennsylvania Lion Ark screenings are now being finalized; see for all the details.

At this very moment, ADI’s Operation Spirit of Freedom is underway, to rescue and rehome animals confiscated by Peruvian authorities (SERFOR) enforcing that country’s national ban on wild animals in traveling circuses. In the coming weeks, ADI will relocate almost 60 rescued circus animals to permanent homes - building habitats in the Amazon forest for rescued native wildlife and airlifting 21 Peruvian circus lions along with 9 Columbian circus lions to sanctuary in Colorado.
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