On Wednesday, November 2nd, Animal Defenders International made history by unveiling the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H.R. 3359.
The bill was introduced by Congressman James Moran (D-VA) together with 9 other original sponsors: Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Nick Rahall, II (D-WV), Rep. Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Rep. Fortney Pete Stark (D-CA), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Bill CW Young (R-FL). There is now a rush to cosponsor, and we have bi-partisan support!
The bill will effectively end the use of wild animals in traveling circuses in the United States. This is tightly targeted to exotic and non-domesticated species in traveling circuses – it does not affect zoos, rodeos, or static shows, or facilities where the animals live in permanent accommodation and travel out for film or television – these are exempt provided there is no live public exhibition involved. When animals are transported, they cannot be traveled for more than 12 hours at a time, and if they are to be taken to be used in a show, they must not have been used for the previous 15 day period. This removes the option to keep these animals constantly traveling around the US for months at a time. This has been carefully constructed to deal with the most egregious cases and is intended to be a progressive step. Click to read the key provisions of the TEAPA Bill
We hope that the announcement of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act has you energized and enthusiastic about the Break the Chain campaign! We need you to reach out to your representatives in Washington and urge them to support this bill! Click here to send your Congressperson an automated email message!
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Contact your member of congress today and urge him/her to support and co-sponsor HB 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. Everything you need, talking points and sample letters, are right here on this action page.
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