Letter to Charlotte, NC Mayor and City Officials: Ban Wild & Exotic Animals in Traveling Animal Acts

Dear Mayor Lyles, City Councilpersons, City Attorney, City Manager, and City Clerk: At Free All Captive Elephants, Inc. we support a FULL BAN on wild and exotic animals. What is the purpose of a bullhook ban that is not clearly written or enforced? It is left up to interpretation and often is very “gray” in nature.  The purpose is convoluted and often does not carry out the purpose of the intended ordinance. Please consider enacting a “Nosey’s Law” S1093, type law, passed in New Jersey in December of 2018, where wild and exotic animals are prohibited from performing in traveling animal acts. Not only New Jersey, being the first state to enact such a law, but many other states, towns, cities and counties have enacted laws to prohibit wild and exotic animals from traveling animal acts.  https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/PL18/141_.HTM This law was implemented to protect wild and exotic animals from the inherent abuse while traveling with circuses throughout New Jersey. It should be a federal law given the documentation of proof via undercover video of these traveling circuses of the many violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The violations continue to mount as there is little to no inspection and enforcement by the agencies in charge to protect the animals and uphold the law. It is up to individual states, cities, counties and

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