Update: With one signature, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio set the record straight: Public sentiment for animal-abusing circuses decays more and more every day, and New Yorkers won’t have the cruelty in their city.
It's official. Wild and exotic animals will be banned from circuses in New York City. pic.twitter.com/Ha85wZAxGI
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 28, 2017
With signing Intro 1233, which bans wild and exotic animals from circuses in the city, New York City has told the world that wild animals don’t exist for our entertainment.
We are banning exotic animals from circuses in NYC because we're looking out for New Yorkers big and small, furry and tall. pic.twitter.com/YJ4j6Ahycb
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) July 28, 2017
This outstanding victory will have a ripple effect around the world, confirming that animals in circuses are not willing performers. Thank you, New York City!
Originally published June 21, 2017
Chalk up yet another resounding victory for animals in circuses. In a 43-6 vote, New York City Council Members have prohibited all traveling circuses from bringing wild animals into the city. Right on the heels of Ringling Bros. circus’s final show and as Los Angeles considers a similar ban, it has never been more clear that people don’t want to watch scared, confused animals perform pointless tricks.
#NYC: A lion reminds people why circuses should be banned just before the city's hearing. He'll be back next week! pic.twitter.com/8WXKCDfBTp
— PETA (@peta) October 23, 2016
New York City Council Member Rosie Méndez first introduced a version of this groundbreaking bill 11 years ago, and she’s been working to see it passed ever since. Her cosponsor, Council Member Corey Johnson, pulverized Ringling representatives at a hearing about the bill last year in a verbal match that would make any animal advocate proud. New York City residents called and e-mailed their council members urging them to pass the measure. And PETA members across the country stood outside circus performances, rain or shine, with protest signs held high.
Today, all their efforts have come to fruition. Among the animals who will be helped by the ban are the elephants and zebras used in UniverSoul Circus’ notoriously cruel shows. When the ban takes effect, they’ll never be beaten and forced to perform in New York City again, and they’re one step closer to freedom from cages.
PETA’s senior vice president of campaigns, Dan Mathews, who’s spent years pushing for New York City’s circus and horse-drawn carriage bans, said, “Wild animals have been suffering in New York City circuses since 1794, when monkeys were forced to perform at Ricketts’ Circus on Broadway. Council Members Rosie Méndez and Corey Johnson have made history—and made New York a much more civilized city.”
For circuses still abusing animals, the message is loud and clear: The future of entertainment is animal-free.
What You Can Do
Help keep the victories coming. Tell UniverSoul Circus and Garden Bros. Circus to showcase only willing human performers and end the animal acts.