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Lawmakers Propose Bill to Stop Traveling Circuses From Using Circus Animals


Animals currently being used as traveling circus performers could soon be freed from their jobs on the road. On Tuesday, May 21, a bill was presented to the House of Representatives that would restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses, Common Dreams reported.

The bill is known as both the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) and the Federal Circus Bill. According to the bill's website, TEAPSPA is being proposed as an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act, which became a law in 1966, and regulates the ways humans can treat animals in transport, research, exhibition, and more. TEAPSPA is being sponsored by Arizona Representatives Raúl Grijalva and David Schweikert, as well as Jan Creamer, president and founder of the non-profit Animal Defenders International (ADI). 20 animal protection groups are supporting the bill, according to ADI.