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Law that bans the utilization of wild and exotic animals in traveling carnivals and circuses was as of late presented to Congress.

The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSP) expects to change the Animal Welfare Act to incorporate wording that limits individuals from utilizing wild or exotic animals in voyaging exhibitions.

Arizona Representatives Raúl Grijalva and David Schweikert supported the bill alongside Jan Creamer, author, and leader of Animal Defenders International (ADI).

The gathering trusts that ending traveling wild animal acts is the main functional way to deal with the protection of public safety and handling the animal suffering intrinsic in the business.

Superstar supporters of the bill incorporate entertainers Kal Penn, Joaquin Phoenix, and Rachel Bloom.  “Evidence and studies over the past 20 years make it clear that, even with the best of intentions, traveling circuses simply cannot provide wild and exotic animals with the facilities they need to maintain health and welfare,” ADI wrote in a brief to Congress.

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Third-generation elephant trainer Joey Frisco, 33, leads elephants Cindy and Jenny in the final act of the first show of the Kelly Miller Circus. (Photo: Photo/Amy Newman)

“There is no conclusive evidence that animals in circuses habituate to travel, and the stress of constant travel can be exhibited in ways that are not immediately apparent.”

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Evidence and studies over the past twenty years make it clear that, even with the best of intentions, traveling circuses simply cannot provide wild and exotic animals with the facilities they need to maintain health and welfare.

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It is a fantasy that circus animals are prepared with benevolence and reward. The apparatuses of the business model incorporate whips, drives, scoops, pitchforks, iron bars, bull snares (heavy bars with a sharpened point and hook), and electric stun gadgets; most anything will get the job done as a weapon. This is confirmed in studies, reports, and recordings.

The bipartisan bill is relied upon to get broad open help, as 92 jurisdictions across 32 states have officially prohibited or limited the utilization of wild animals in voyaging circuses. Around the globe, 45 cities and nations have prohibited wild animals acts, including the United Kingdom, Italy, India, Madrid, and Warsaw.