In a historic moment for the animal protection movement, the new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom has been widely appreciated by many.
For many decades, circuses have been enjoyed by families across the world for its entertainment. However, not many people realize how badly these circus animals are treated. It is disheartening to see their living conditions and the methods used to train them are inhumane.
And now in a much-need law, California has now banned circuses from using wild animals like bears, elephants, monkeys, lions, and tigers in circus acts. The state now joins Hawaii and New Jersey for imposing this ban.
BREAKING VICTORY: #California just made it ILLEGAL to use most animals in circuses!— PETA (@peta) October 12, 2019
This historic news means animals like tigers, elephants, & bears can no longer be confined & exploited for circus acts in #CA!
Thank you @GavinNewsom for signing #SB313! pic.twitter.com/FfJfM9FpDP
According to Mercury News, although wild animals have been barred from circuses, domestical animals like dogs or cats do not come under this law nor does it apply to rodeos. Those found violating the bill might have to pay a fine up to $25,000 a day.
While signing the bill, Governor Newsom said: “We are making a statement to the world that beautiful wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames. Just YouTube the videos showing the cruel way these animals – often stripped from their mothers as babies – are trained to do dangerous tricks.”
Marilyn Kroplick, the President of In Defense of Animals, also weighed in with his appreciation, “This is a historic moment for the animal protection movement. There is no doubt that animals suffer greatly in circuses. The passing of this act sends a clear message that this type of cruel entertainment is no longer acceptable to Californians.”
California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to bar most animals from circus performances under a pair of bills signed Saturday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. https://t.co/HMyvf11E0F— KCRG (@KCRG) October 14, 2019
Many animal lovers and activists had to struggle to get this legislation passed, and this includes over 20,000 people who signed Lady Freethinker’s petition.
Thankfully, circuses are becoming less and less popular over the years. One of the most famous circuses around, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was shut down for good in 2017 after 146 years of performances.
Many other local circuses are shutting down after people realized how the animals are being treated.
#VICTORY— Grouci (@GrouciDjamila) October 16, 2019
OCT 16, 2019 — #California has finally #banned the use of #exoticanimals in the #circus! For more news and updates please follow Animal Defenders International on their Facebook https://t.co/uEOA16bAyz and Twitter https://t.co/lB4OYhY5L3 https://t.co/rYLiWtYZMV pic.twitter.com/Jfzu5Me6G3
Most circus animals often become aggressive due to this treatment. They are never able to live their lives they wanted and it also takes a toll on their physical and mental health.
Many people took to Twitter to express their opinion over the new law. "Good news, but the word, "most" animals, doesn't make it a clear victory. What about the smaller or less exotic animals? Are they in any less need of confinement and exploitation?" Meanwhile, another added: "That's great. However, *most* animals? Why not *ALL* animals?"
When will the other states implement this law?