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.
MD - Baltimore County - CANCELLED BY CITY COUNCILWOMAN IN BALTIMORE!
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.
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.
NC - Greenville
Proposed ordinance to ban performances with exotic animals.
9/11/17: Council voted unanimously to have the city attorney draft an ordinance.
VA - Richmond
A proposed ordinance making its way through city hall would change Richmond's code, banning ownership of all domesticated wild animals within city limits. Certain exotic animals, like non-venomous snakes you'd get from a pet shop, are still allowed. Ferrets and rabbits would also be allowed. Residents who already own an exotic pet may be grandfathered in. Read more
Contact Richmond City Council HERE
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
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)