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27 October 1999

CIRCUS BANNED
By
narn@jps.net (NARN c/o Joe Haptas)

On October 18, 1999 the Redmond, Washington City Council banned exotic animal acts and did it unanimously with a vote of 7-0 despite a last minute letter writing push from anti-animal groups nationally. There was even discussion among the city council of possibly including rodeos in future legislation. This is a big victory in the northwest as Seattle will in the next three months be voting on an exotic animal circus ban with the Mayor of Seattle Paul Schell being in full support of it.

If passed, Seattle would become the first major American metropolitan city to have such an ordinance against animal circuses. A local group called Citizens for Cruelty Free Entertainment has been working on the issue in various cities throughout the Seattle area. Redmond, perhaps best known as the home of Microsoft is the first city to pass a ban locally.

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