The proposed ordinance prohibits all performances of wild and exotic animals in acts, circuses, carnivals, parades or other venues in which animals are required to perform in front of an audience.
Some of the animals listed that would be banned are elephants, tigers, bears, monkeys, kangaroos, ostriches, and venomous snakes and reptiles.
Not included would be domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, horses and goats.
Under the proposed ordinance, wild and exotic animals will still be able to be displayed for educational purposes, or to groups of twenty or less, “because the size of the audience limits the potential risk or danger to the public.”
The City looks to “protect the public against hazards associated with commercial display or performance of wild and exotic animals and to protect wild and exotic animals from cruel and inhumane treatment.”
Animals used in film production would not be affected, as the American Humane Association monitors animal welfare in productions.
City Council will meet on Monday to consider the ordinance.
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