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Eureka Springs Arkansas passes ban on use of wild animals in circuses

Posted: 13 March 2015

March 10, 2015, EUREKA SPRINGS, AR – Animal Defenders International (ADI) applauds the Eureka Springs City Council for voting to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in their community. After months of thoughtful discussion, the Council approved the first reading of Ordinance 2224 at their February 25th meeting, and last night approved the second and third, finalizing the decision.

ADI has been working with local resident Rachel Brix, and other concerned citizens who presented evidence to the Council from our investigations, and shared facts about why traveling circuses, by their very nature requiring constant travel and close confinement, can’t meet the complex needs of wild animals such as tigers, lions, bears and elephants.

Jan Creamer, ADI President: “We applaud the Eureka Springs Councilmembers for making this compassionate decision to prohibit the abuse of wild animals, and protect their citizens from known public safety risks in circuses coming to town. All around the world, towns, cities and national legislators are ending the use of wild animals in circuses and measures like this are how to end the suffering of elephants, lions, tigers, bears and other animals in traveling circuses.”

The City of Eureka Springs has joined the list of at least 50 US cities and counties that have placed restrictions on wild animals in traveling circuses. Last December, Mexico and Netherlands passed national bans, bringing the total to thirty countries prohibiting the use of wild animals or certain species in traveling circuses.

Studies show that traveling circuses cannot meet the physical or behavioral needs of wild animals. Animals are severely confined, spending excessive amounts of time shut in transporters, and are deprived of their natural physical and social needs. Abnormal behaviors are common - rocking, swaying and pacing - all indicate the animals are in distress and not coping with their environment. ADI’s video evidence reveals these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation.

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