Tell the House to Roadblock Traveling Circuses

NHES opposes all circuses that use animals in any of their acts because they ultimately exploit animals for human entertainment and economic gain.

Unlike reputable zoos and wildlife refuges, circuses do not serve to educate people about the animal world or its habitats; nor do they protect endangered species or strive to instill in the general public an increased appreciation and compassion for animals. Circuses fail to provide captive animals with a humane standard of care that requires the creation of natural habitats, ample area for exercise and socialization, appropriate diets, and suitable climatic controls. Further, some circuses use abusive training techniques including whips, chains, clubs, and electric shock to force animals to perform out of fear of punishment.

Therefore, NHES is urging the leadership of the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry to report favorably HR 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, which will amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in traveling circuses and exhibitions, to the full House Agriculture Committee for a vote this legislative session.

Contact the leadership and request they act swiftly on this legislation. In addition, write your representative and encourage him or her to support HR 3359.

The Honorable Thomas J. Rooney
Chairman
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
1529 Longworth Building
Washington, DC 20515
Tele. No.: 202-225-5792

The Honorable Dennis A. Cardoza
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
2437 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Tele. No.: 202-225-6131

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