Animal lovers rejoice – the first state in the nation has finally banned the use of most wild animals in circuses! On Friday, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced that New Jersey is the first state to implement a “sweeping ban” of most wild animals, including elephants, tigers, lions, bears and primates, in circuses and traveling shows.
Last week, Governor Phil Murphy signed the law, which is also known as “Nosey’s Law,” which passed the state Senate unanimously in June, and the General Assembly in October. In the release, HSUS stated:
Wild animals are not willing performers. Elephants have no desire to balance on their front legs, tigers don’t freely leap through fiery hoops and bears have no interest in riding bicycles. Through cruel training methods, the animals learn that they must perform on command or they will suffer the painful consequences.
Changes are global
The use of wild animals for entertainment is dwindling worldwide. HSUS explains:
Bolivia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, the Netherlands and India are among at least 45 countries that have passed laws banning the use of wild animals in circuses. The United Kingdom has pledged to ban the use of wild animals in traveling circuses by 2020.
HSUS commended the states which have decided to implement reform:
We applaud the states and localities that are respecting their constituents’ wishes and embracing a compassionate way forward.
Read more from the HSUS here.
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