FACE works continuously with legislators around the country to improve the conditions and protections for elephants on both the state and federal levels


Help Free All Captive Elephants (FACE), support TEAPSPA – With the passage of the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, TEAPSPA, the United States Congress aims to amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and other traveling acts across the nation. Legislation is key to making this change.

Bolivia became the first country in the world to pass a national law prohibiting the use of both wild and domestic animals in traveling circuses after the camaign to Stop Circus Suffering in Latin America was launched by Animal Defenders International (ADI). The United States is WAY BEHIND! There are currently over 40 countries around the globe that have banned wild animal circuses including: Croatia, Singapore, Austria, Israel, Costa Rica, Peru, India and Lebanon.  Let Congress know it is time to pass TEAPSPA!

The Traveling Exotic Animal Public Safety Protection Act, TEAPSPA is a federal bill that is currently pending. If passed, this bill will prohibit the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling performances in the United States.

On November 17, the Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA, H.R.5999/S.3220) was reintroduced to the 117th Congress by Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), David Schweikert (R-AZ), and Senator Bob Menéndez, (D-NJ).


Contact your Senators and Representatives today in support of TEAPSPA. Phone calls are especially effective. Please follow up your action with a call. Constituent voices are very powerful and can open doors to the most surprising places.

Support TEAPSPA to help end wild animal suffering in traveling acts across the United States.

FACE and numerous animal advocacy organizations join with Animal Defenders International (ADI), who are leading the charge to get this important piece of legislation passed. YOU can help end the suffering of animals in circuses. Find out exactly what you can do.


TEAPSPA bill language:  Ten Reasons to Support TEAPSPA:  Federal Circus Bill

Congressman Raul Grijalva is interviewed on the progress of TEAPSPA in Washington, DC.

Nosey’s Law

On December 14th, 2018 FACE along with Senator Nilsa Cruz – Perez, Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker and Raj Makurji, former New Jersey Senator and champion of Nosey’s Law, Raymond J. Lesniak, and other key organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, with New Jersey Director Brian Hackett, were victorious in getting Nosey’s Law passed. Nosey’s Law made New Jersey the first state in the nation to ban all wild and exotic animals in traveling animal acts. Several other states have followed suit and other states have bills pending. FACE Directors were there from the beginning in Trenton, New Jersey to testify in front of both the House and Senate Committees. FACE was there for every vote presented along the way. We took vital action to support Nosey’s Law through phone calls, emails, knocking on legislator’s doors and rallying constituents in New Jersey to do the same. Legislation is KEY to ending the suffering of elephants in circuses across the nation.

Below: Trenton, NJ – Rally for Nosey’s Law and Protest against the Garden Bros. Circus organized by FACE on October 14th, 2018 at the Cure Insurance Arena.  Pictured is Retired NJ Senator Raymond J. Lesniak leading the charge for actions taken that day. Due to Nosey’s Law enacted on December 14th, 2018, this was the final Garden Bros.Circus in New Jersey.



On April 4, 2019, 174 Congressional Members from both sides of the aisle, sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture  (USDA), officials requesting more funding for animal welfare and calling them out on numerous issues.