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Los Angeles ban on wild animal acts signed into law

Posted: 3 March 2020. Updated: 3 March 2020

Legislation to ban wild animal acts in Los Angeles was signed into law yesterday by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Animal Defenders International (ADI) applauding the City Council for going above and beyond state law.

ADI President Jan Creamer said, “We’re thrilled that Los Angeles has stepped up to protect animals as well as the public with this ban. An issue of great concern across the country, it’s time for other cities to act to stop the suffering of animals in entertainment.”

The measure, which has been three years in the making, prohibits wild animal acts at parties and performing animal shows; where exceptions for “educational and conservational” programs are made, public contact with animals will be prohibited.

Since the Council unanimously approved Councilmember David Ryu’s motion to draft the ordinance in 2017, ADI liaised closely with the Council and City attorneys, the Los Angeles-based organization providing extensive data on the inherent animal welfare issues, and working to ensure that the language of the bill stayed in line with its original intent.

Studies show that animals used in entertainment suffer deprived environments, unnatural conditions and abuse, animals forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation. For traveling acts, animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of physical and social needs, and spend excessive amounts of time shut in transporters. Abnormal behaviors often seen, such as rocking, swaying, and pacing, indicate that animals are in distress and not coping with their environment.

A federal bill to end the use of wild animals in traveling shows nationwide, the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA; HR2863/S2121), is gaining support in the House and Senate. Across the US, 96 jurisdictions in 32 states have taken action to restrict such acts to date, with New Jersey, Hawaii, and California passing statewide measures.

Media contact:
Lesley McCave, ADI Communications Director: (323) 935-2234, (323) 804-9920, or

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