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Colorado Governor Signs the "Traveling Animal Protection Act"

May 25, 2021

Paws Up!

To Governor Jared Polis for protecting wild animals from being used in traveling animal acts by signing the “Traveling Animal Protection Act.”

Wild animals used for human entertainment, bears riding bikes, tigers jumping through rings of fire, and elephants standing on their hind legs, are slowly diminishing. Animal advocates have helped unveil the inhumane treatment these sentient creatures endure so that spectators can have an awe-filled moment. This loss of public appeal has fueled efforts to create change for these animals.

In 2016, Feld Entertainment’s Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus decided to retire the last of their elephants to a sanctuary in Florida. In 2018, New Jersey became the first state to ban using wild animals in circuses with the passage of Nosey’s LawHawaii joined New Jersey by passing a law to prohibit animals from being imported to be used in circuses. This year, the Big Cat Public Safety Act has been reintroduced to ban individuals from owning tigers, lions, pumas, and leopards. 

The heartbreaking reality is many wild animals are still being exploited today. Colorado has joined the fight to help stop these animals from being subjected to animal cruelty by signing Senate Bill 135, also known as the Traveling Animal Protection Act. Anyone found guilty of violating SB 135 may face a misdemeanor charge and a fine up to $1,000.

Take Action: Colorado residents, please show your support and thank Governor Polis today for helping to stop this cruel form of entertainment!

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