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New Jersey becomes first US state to pass ban on wild animal circus acts!

Posted: 29 October 2018

New Jersey just made history by becoming the first US state to pass legislation banning the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses. Championed by Animal Defenders International (ADI), Nosey’s Law passed both the Assembly and Senate today, with a vote of 71-3 and 36-0, respectively. The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Murphy, who has previously noted his support for Nosey’s Law. If the governor doesn’t sign or veto the bill within 45 days, it automatically passes into law.

ADI has provided data and testimony in support of Nosey’s Law (S1093/A1923), and worked with local advocates and bill sponsors Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji to advance the legislation. The bill is named after long suffering circus elephant Nosey, who was confiscated and placed in a sanctuary last year, while her former trainer faces cruelty charges.

ADI President Jan Creamer said: “Having documented the inherent suffering of wild animals in circuses for many years, we are thrilled to see New Jersey pass this historic bill. We hope other states will follow their lead to protect animals and the public across the United States.”

“The conditions Nosey and other wild and exotic animals are forced to endure are cruel and inhumane,” added Cruz-Perez. “These animals are not here to be used as entertainment for humans.”

“These are wild, endangered animals, and they should be cared for according to the highest ethical standards to ensure the survival of their species,” noted Mukherji. “We cannot allow ill-equipped handlers of traveling animal acts to mistreat and exploit endangered species.”

Christina Scaringe, ADI’s General Counsel, said: “ADI thanks Senator Cruz-Perez and Assemblyman Mukherji for their dedication, supporting the many New Jersey constituents calling for an end to wild animal circus acts.”

Studies and evidence show that the health and welfare of animals in traveling circuses is inevitably compromised due to necessarily small, barren, mobile accommodations, restricted movement, long journeys, and excessive periods of time spent in transporters and containers. Training methods are brutal - ADI undercover investigations have documented systemic violence and abuse, occurring in the US and worldwide.

Proving that attitudes are changing with the times, American audiences have been turning away from animal circuses in droves; several have closed, including Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, while others have gone animal-free and thrived. 87 jurisdictions in 31 states have taken action to restrict wild animals from traveling circuses. New York City and San Francisco both have bans on wild animal circus acts; Los Angeles is working on a ban as well.

Other states are also considering bans on wild animal circus acts, with Hawaii very close to a statewide ban. A federal bill to end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows nationwide – the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA/H.R.1759) – is gaining bipartisan support in the US House. Around the world, 45 countries have passed national restrictions on the use of animals in traveling circuses.

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