Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

LA Councilmember Ryu sponsors ordinance prohibiting wild/exotic animal exhibitions

Posted: 1 December 2016. Updated: 1 December 2016

Animal Defenders International calls for support from animal-loving Angelenos.

Dec 1, 2016, LOS ANGELES, CA—Animal Defenders International (ADI) applauds Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu who moved to introduce legislation that aims to prohibit the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment or amusement, including circuses, other wild or exotic animal shows, and rentals for house parties.

ADI was honored to work with Councilmember Ryu’s office, the city attorney’s office, and other stakeholders on an exotic animal ordinance specific to private parties and sidewalk exhibitions, and we look forward to continue that work on this ground-breaking broader measure.

Councilmember David Ryu stated: “Wild and exotic animals have a long history of being exploited for public and private entertainment. Treating animals in this manner has taught generations of people that it is okay to view wild and exotic animals as toys. It is time that the City of Los Angeles take action to make clear that exhibiting such animals in this way is no longer in line with our City’s values.”

ADI President Jan Creamer said “Animal Defenders International is working closely with Councilmember Ryu’s office on this effort and we know how determined he is to protect wild animals and the public from these cruel and dangerous acts. ADI has repeatedly documented the suffering and abuse of wild animals in circuses. Circuses simply cannot meet the needs of wild animals in small, mobile accommodation. We hope the good people of Los Angeles will join ADI to speak up for animals in circuses.”

Despite assurances from the circus industry, the physical and psychological health of animals in circuses is inevitably compromised. Animals in circuses are routinely subjected to brutal training methods and violence – wherever ADI has conducted an undercover investigation around the world, it has documented acts of abuse. Animal circuses do nothing to teach people about the animals’ real needs and the way they live, and have no role in education or conservation.

34 nations around the world have banned or restricted the use of wild or all animals from traveling shows. ADI worked closely with Congressional Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA-06) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) on their introduction last month of the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA - HR 6342), which when passed will see an end to the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows in the US.

Earlier this year, ADI rescued over 100 animals from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru and Colombia, including lions, bears, tigers, monkeys and others. ADI and the governments of Peru and Columbia collaborated for the unprecedented Operation Spirit of Freedom campaign; animals were rehabilitated at the ADI rescue center and rehomed in their natural habitats, with over 30 African lions returned to their native Africa to start a new life at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, where ADI is funding construction of their habitats and their care.

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