Assemblywoman: Ban all circus animals
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Assemblywoman: Ban all circus animals

March 2015

Ringling Bros. yesterday said it would phase out the elephant acts by 2018.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, said it shouldn't stop there.

“I am beyond pleased that Ringling Bros. took this momentous step at all, though I would prefer that Ringling Bros. act immediately to end the elephants' suffering,” Rosenthal, an animal-rights activist said in a statement. “Now, we must focus on making the circus a 100% cruelty-free environment by ending the use of all animal acts.”

Rosenthal writes dozens of animal-rights bills every years, including one that would ban the declawing of cats.

Rosenthal cited reports of violations of the Animal Welfare Act, "including improper handling of dangerous animals, failure to provide veterinary care both to healthy and gravely sick or injured animals, trauma caused by circus personnel or practices, including emotional stress, physical harm and unnecessary discomfort, as well as unsanitary feeding and housing, among others."

She said the elephant ban is the result of the hard-work of animal-rights activists, and the effort shouldn't stop there.

"The time when animal issues were considered silly or unserious has passed, and people have finally recognized that these are important issues that both state and federal bodies have a responsibility to address," Rosenthal said. "This sea change in attitudes regarding the treatment of animals has been long-awaited; we must use this momentum to continue winning victories for the animals.”

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