PETA Statement: San Francisco Board Unanimously Votes to Ban Animal Performances

For Immediate Release:
April 15, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders has released a statement in response to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote in favor of a ban on all performances by wild and exotic animals:

The city of San Francisco has acted forcefully to protect elephants, tigers, chimpanzees, and every other wild and exotic animal from the abuse of constant confinement and violent training—not just in circuses but also in film, television, and advertising. This is the perfect progressive move for a state that has already seen Los Angeles and Oakland ban weapons, such as bullhooks, that circuses use to beat elephants. PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and it is sending the Board of Supervisors a box of delicious vegan elephant-shaped chocolates in thanks for this historic move.

PETA submitted comments in favor of this ordinance, which will face a final vote next week.

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