California Bans Circuses From Using Animals


No more lions, tigers or bears... Oh my!

California has become the third U.S. state to ban circuses from using exotic animals for entertainment.

Signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 12, the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act forbids circuses from using elephants, monkeys, lions, bears and tigers.

"We are making a statement to the world that beautiful wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames," Newsom said. "Just YouTube the videos showing the cruel way these animals -- often stripped from their mothers as babies -- are trained to do dangerous tricks."

California joins Hawaii and New Jersey, both of which have also initiated bans on exotic circus animals.

“Today is a historic day for animals in California, including those who have been whipped into performing in circuses, or skinned alive for their fur or skin,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement.

Check out a full list of the bills Gov. Newsom just signed into law on the Sacramento Bee.


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