This includes circuses, exotic animal shows and house party rentals according to a press release by city councilman, David Ryu.Ryu was instrumental in getting the ban approved. He wrote in a statement:
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.
Los Angeles is not the first U.S. city to write such a law, but it is by far the largest, and hopefully others will follow suit.Councilman Ryu worked with the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) andthe Humane Society of the United States(HSUS)to strengthen the city's laws.Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the HSUS, wrote in a statement:
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.
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