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Victory! Somerville Bans Exotic Animals in Circuses

Written by PETA | February 18, 2010

We are thrilled to report that thanks to a new ordinance passed by the city of Somerville, Massachusetts, circuses setting up shop in the city will never again be allowed to use exotic animals! The legislation, signed by Mayor Joe Curtatone, states that “nondomesticated animals” may not be displayed in events held on public or private properties.


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Nearby Braintree, Provincetown, Quincy, and Revere have similar laws, so the entire area is a model in fighting the abuse of animals who are trained to perform physically challenging and dangerous tricks in circuses that are concerned only with profit, not with animal welfare. Spread the compassion to your own community by pushing for local legislation to ban the use of animals in circuses. Contact us for a list of places that have prohibited circuses and to request all the information you need to get started.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Peggy Ellison says:

    Cudos to Sommerville. I hope someday to see this type of ban internationally. Thanks PETA.

  • Jeanine Cloyd says:

    I spent the last 4 days protesting Ringling Bros. here in Chattannoga TN! Circuses NEED to be banned in the US and everywhere! Way to go PETA and Sommerville! I hope more cities will follow in your foot steps SOON!

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  • Sherri Hickman says:

    Thank you Mayor Joe Curtatone! May God bless you and all of these beautiful beings. You are awesome!!

  • carol tuskan says:

    When the circuses are coming to my town I write letters to my newspaper and to mayors and officials of that city. I get no response from anyone. But I will never give up I’ll keep writing for the sake of the animals.

  • Gloria Gaspar says:

    Having grown up in Somerville MA I am proud to know it leads a good example and what great news the other towns are following suit!

  • Cindy Wines says:

    Congratulations PETA and we should have this on TV as a victory for our poor elephants tigers and bears that are forced to perform akward and torterous tricks. Get the word out about the March on 24th at midnight in Madison Square Garden with Ringling Bros. Circus elephants. Nobody should show up to endorse this. It will be cold and it is hard on the elephants. Let them go to PAWS Sanctuary or Tennessee Sanctuary to live out their lives in peace. See Click on this website if you want to team up with me for fundraising to help!!

  • Jeri Kracz says:

    What great news! Hopefully our city will pass such an ordinance and then I’ll be going to the circus again.

  • D.Z. says:

    Now we need the same law in Boston that’s where the circus goes every year!

  • Kris Shulfer says:

    Thanks to the mayor!!! clearly he gives a s about these animals!!! the angels were lookin down on the animals this day we should celebrate for them!!!!! and as for PETA… U ROCK!!!!! half of us would not even be aware of what the animals endure so thank you for bringing this to us worldwide attention!!!! one circus at a time will be demolished!!!

  • Jay says:

    Thank you Mayor Joe Curtatone! No circus no fair no private celebration with exotic animals allowed what an accomplishment!

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    Circuses are freaking horrible and it’s so nice to hear that Somervile bans exotic animals!! Animals are not our to exploit!!

  • Monica Stagg says:

    I am so glad we have the government helping to get things done in certain places let s continue to fight everywher else for no circus with animals and no cruelty

  • chardot catherine says:

    bravo PETA continuez. Il faudrait que tous les animaux ne soient plus dans les cirques foires etc….. MERCI PETA

  • Andre Inglis says:

    City by city we’ll shut down animal circuses until this whole cruel industry colapses. Way to go Somerville!

  • Cinzia says:

    Thank you Mayor Joe Curtatone for the decision you made on that “nondomesticated animals” may not be displayed in events held on public or private properties. Thank you God bless you.

  • Marnie says:

    This should be federal law… but the more cities don’t allow exotic animals for entertainment the easier it is maybe to accomplish thank you Somerville !!!

  • Carla L says:

    People who run work or go to these are all guilty of animal abuse!!!!! Parents who bring their kids to these need to wake up and educate them about the brutal realities of the abuse that goes on. Governments need to ban circuses everywhere!!!!!!!!

  • Terri Hughes says:

    STOP the ABUSE of these poor animals. They were not put here on this earth to entertain people. They are here for another purpose. Leave these animals alone.