L.A. City Council Could Ban Circus Elephants

Like California doesn’t have any bigger problems…

Los Angeles took a step this week to potentially ban elephants at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and other traveling circus shows.

The city’s Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee on Tuesday recommended a full vote by the City Council on the proposed prohibition of traveling circus elephants and the sharp implements used to control them.

The measure, drafted by Los Angeles Animal Services, allows the council to choose between a full ban of pachyderms, a prohibition of so-called bullhooks, or both.

The 2-0 vote followed expert testimony and a video documenting brutal treatment of circus elephants.

I first saw this story on a liberal’s blog, in which they failed to objectively include letter excerpts from Feld Entertainment, the producer of Ringling Bros.

The letter says the city did not consult elephant experts at credible zoos or elsewhere about the treatment of circus elephants, but deferred to animal rights groups instead.

Namely PETA. Yet, the producers say, they were not allowed input on that report.

Read the rest.

Of course, there are many, many other stories that you missed over the weekend. Can’t have that!

–Becca Lower





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