Press Release: Exotic Animal Ban Approved by City Council, City to Begin Drafting Ordinance

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved (14-0) Councilmember David Ryu’s motion to instruct the City Attorney to craft an ordinance which would prohibit the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment or amusement, including circuses, other wild or exotic animal shows, and rentals for house parties.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 24, 2017

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EXOTIC ANIMAL BAN APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL, CITY TO BEGIN DRAFTING ORDINANCE

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved (14-0) Councilmember David Ryu’s motion to instruct the City Attorney to craft an ordinance which would prohibit the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment or amusement, including circuses, other wild or exotic animal shows, and rentals for house parties.

“Wild and exotic animals have a long history of being exploited for public and private entertainment. Treating animals in this manner has taught generations of people that it is okay to view wild and exotic animals as toys. Los Angeles must take action to make clear that exhibiting animals in this way is no longer in line with our City’s values,” stated Councilmember Ryu.

The Office of Councilmember Ryu has been working in partnership with animal welfare advocates and leading organizations in an effort to strengthen the City’s rules on the private display of wild and exotic animals.

Ed Stewart, President of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) believes that, “Los Angeles will become the largest US city to ban the use of wild animals for entertainment, again showing its leadership in animal protection. The display of wild animals in circuses, traveling shows, and at parties is unsafe for the public and inhumane for the animals, who are subject to abusive and unnatural conditions. This ban reflects changing public attitudes that reject the use of wild animals for novelty and amusement, and ushers in a new era of respect and care for captive wildlife. PAWS thanks Councilmember Ryu for his compassion and leadership on this very important issue.”

Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the Unites States said, "Los Angeles is again showing leadership on animal welfare by banning traveling wild animal acts. Tigers, elephants, and other wildlife are typically subjected to abusive training practices in order to perform stunts, and they endure prolonged confinement in cramped cages as they are transported from city to city. We commend City Councilmember David Ryu for leading this pathbreaking effort to protect animals and close the chapter on circuses featuring wild animal acts."

The draft ordinance will return to City Council in the coming months.

Read Councilmember Ryu’s motion, here.

Learn more about the proposed ordinance, here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys


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