Help Pass H.R. 3359, The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act

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Originally Posted: January 7, 2012

Help Pass H.R. 3359, The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act...Yes, again!

FROM In Defense of Animals (IDA)


Send a message to your Congressperson today, urging her or him to support H.R. 3359, The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act.

Important: The Representatives listed below are already co-sponsors, so no letters are needed to them. If one of them is your Representative, please CALL them instead to thank them! You can find all Congressional phone numbers by entering your zip code here.

James Moran-VA, Sam Farr-CA, Bob Filner-CA, Walter Jones-NC, Dennis Kucinich-OH, Jerry McNerney-CA, Jerrold Nadler-NY, Gary Peters-MI, Jared Polis-CO, Nick Rahall-WV, Steven Rothman-NJ, Fortney Stark-CA, Christopher Van Hollen-MD, Bill Yount-FL

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Please contact your member of Congress and ask her/him to support H.R. 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, which would restrict the use of wild animals forced to perform in traveling circuses.

Exotic animals used in circuses are separated from their families, brutally trained to perform unnatural tricks, chained, confined to small cages and pens, and shipped around the country by train or truck for months on end.

There is no way that circuses can ever meet their complex physical, social and psychological needs. These highly stressed animals are then put in close proximity to and even in contact with the public, creating a serious public safety hazard.

There is a growing movement toward the protection of wild animals used in circuses. This year alone, the city of Irvine, California, banned the use of exotic animals in circuses, and both Margate, Florida and Fulton County, Georgia passed bans on the use of bullhooks that would restrict the use of elephants in circuses – and more actions are being proposed. Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Costa Rica, Singapore, Peru, Bolivia have banned wild animals from traveling circuses.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!