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September 10, 2019 - The Vegan Authority

California's Animal Circus Ban Bill Passes - PETA, SCIL Celebrate

California's Animal Circus Ban Bill Passes - PETA, SCIL Celebrate
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The Circus Cruelty Prevention Act, Senate Bill 313, was approved by the California Assembly 56-11.

"Animals aren't photo props, they don't belong on a carnival midway, and they're not willing participants in circuses, so PETA looks forward to seeing Sen. Ben Hueso's bill become law and the days of dragging beleaguered camels and caged tigers across California come to an end."

Elephants, tigers, and other animals that circuses use to entertain audiences do not stand on their heads, jump through hoops, or balance on pedestals because they want to. They perform these and other difficult tricks because they're afraid of what will happen if they don't, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reports.

To force animals to perform, circus trainers use abusive tools such as whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks (heavy batons with a sharp steel hook on one end), and other painful tools of the circus trade. Video footage of animal training sessions shows that elephants are beaten with bullhooks and shocked with electric prods.

The bill's author Sen. Ben Hueso stated: "California is the wildlife state. Its topography and climate have produced an amazing diversity of habitat and a diverse array of both plant and animal species--more than any other state in the U.S. There is no need here, or anywhere, to support traveling animal acts that take these precious creatures out of their natural habitat and place them in dangerous conditions. I thank my colleagues in the Assembly for stepping up to move us one step closer to banning these shows statewide and ending these animals' suffering once and for all."

"Once again, we received huge support for vital legislation that will save animals from torture and death. Public demand for cruelty-free circuses is growing nationwide, and today, California moved one step closer to completely banning the inhumane use of animals in circuses" added Judie Mancuso, founder and president of the Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL).

Both PETA which opposes speciesism (a human-supremacist worldview) and whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to use for entertainment", and SCIL, a vanguard voice sponsoring landmark legislation for animals, are sponsors of SB 313. These two groups helped with much of the research, legislative language, and expert testimonies, in addition to generating support from other organizations. Lily Tomlin, Lucy Davis, Joaquin Phoenix, and numerous other stars have all joined PETA's campaign in support of the ban.

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