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Pa lawmaker seeks ban on circus animals

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

If a Pennsylvania lawmaker has his way, shows under the big top will mostly consist of acrobats, clowns and daredevil acts.

State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) on Tuesday announced legislation designed to ban the use of animals in traveling circuses.

“In the past few years, the public learned about the suffering endured by circus elephants. The outcry, including my bill to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants, was so great that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus decided to phase out the use of elephants in its shows.” said Senator Leach.

Last week, Ringling Brothers announced that it would phase out the use of elephants in their shows over the next three years.

Sen. Leach claims that traveling exhibitions are forcing animals to undergo what he called grueling itineraries, live in cramped quarters with limited social interaction and perpetual stress.

“Circuses hide this suffering from audiences, who witness only the power and grace of these magnificent animals. The secret is out. The public will not tolerate this unconscionable cruelty any longer,” says Leach.

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