Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wood River Students: Keep Circus Animals Out of Our Town

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 9:22 AM

The elephant in the room? You may have to forget about that in Ketchum if a proposal that would prohibit the use of exotic and nondomesticated animals in traveling circuses and exhibitions is successful.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Ketchum City Council voted unanimously April 21 to move forward with a proposed amendment to city code that would make it illegal to bring circus elephants, lions and tigers into their town.

The effort was kick-started by a group of students from the Sage School in Hailey, who stood before the council, symbolically bound together in rope to simulate circus chains.

"Baby elephants are tied down with whips and chains," said one student.

"There's no such thing as a domestic elephant," said another.

"We don't want the circuses to use kids as an excuse to abuse animals," said a third.

The proposed amendment will be reviewed by the council during a second and third reading, with a final vote for approval or denial coming after the third reading.

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