Proposed performing animal ban in Greenville, NC

This week, the Greenville City Council voted to have the City Attorney draft an ordinance to ban any performances involving exotic and wild animals. The cities of Charlotte and Asheville, NC both have similar ordinances that Council would like to use as examples. Local resident Marion Blackburn, founder of the North Carolina Animal Welfare Coalition , spoke at Monday’s City Council meeting in support of such an ordinance. Blackburn also organized protests against Garden Bros. circus performances in Greenville this past March. WNCT News: Greenville City Council Considers Exotic Animal Ban (9/11) 

AZ – Kingman City

City Council is considering a ban on using circus animals, using West Hollywood, CA as a template.

9/1/17: Council is still awaiting draft language from the City Attorney’s office. Note : Kingman City is located in Mohave County (see below). Contact information for City Council Members .

AZ – Mohave County

Proposed ordinance banning animals in traveling circuses.

4/19/17: Mohave County Supervisors voted to send the draft ordinance to the County Attorney’s Office for review. Contact info for County Supervisors

CA – Los Angeles

Would prohibit exhibition of wild and exotic animals for entertainment or amusement, including circuses and other wild or exotic animal shows (exempts zoos, films, research facilities and conservation-related programs).

4/25/17: City Council voted to have the City Attorney prepare an Ordinance to present to Council.

1/25/18: the instrucion for the City Attorney has not submitted an ordinance to Council yet; there is no expiration date for action. 


An act concerning Wild or Exotic Animals for Public Entertainment or Amusement

9/5/17: Bill 56-17 introduced by the County Council. The bill is scheduled to be discussed at the Council Work Session on 9/26. Final reading and vote is scheduled to occur at the Legislative Session on Monday, 10/2 at 6 p.m.

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NC - Greenville

Proposed ordinance to ban performances with exotic animals.

9/11/17: Council voted unanimously to have the city attorney draft an ordinance.

OR - Washington County: 

Ordinance No. 830, a proposed ban on the display of exotic animals. Current text contains exemptions for circuses and traveling displays, but local activists are working to get those exemptions removed. 

Agenda packet with background information available by clicking HERE


MD – Montgomery County

Would ban the use of animals in circuses or other businesses that “exhibit or financially benefit” from the exhibition of those animals. Includes the use of camels, bears, primates, wildcats, crocodiles, and snakes.

7/18/17: first public hearing. Text of bill 9/11/17: the measure will be discussed at a work session for the Public Safety Committee. Contact information for County Council. Agenda packet for meeting available online: Public Safety, Bill 23-17

9/15: meeting minutes not published yet, and the bill status does not list any updates. Will continue to monitor.

12/11/17: PASSED

NM - Santa Fe

Ban on exotic animal performances passed in Santa Fe

On September 13, 2017, the Santa Fe City Council voted 8-1 to pass an ordinance that prohibits the use of elephants, tigers and bears that perform for entertainment purposes. While the ordinance contains an exemption for rodeos, some citizens who spoke at Wednesday’s City Council meeting called for rodeos and fairs to be included in the language that bans “exhibitions of wild or exotic animals performing tricks, giving rides, or participating as accompaniments for the entertainment, amusement, or benefit of a live audience.” Albuquerque Journal (9/13/17) 

VA - Arlington

Ban on Exotic Pets in Arlington, Virginia:

On September 19, 2017, the Arlington County Board passed an ordinance to ban exotic pets; however, those who currently own animals on the list of prohibited species will be grandfathered in. All exotic pets must registered with the Alrington Animal Welfare League. Read more


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