Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ketchum, Sun Valley Moving Forward With Anti-Circus Efforts, While Hailey Welcomes Touring Exotic Animals

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM

The Ketchum City Council moved another step forward May 5 in its effort to keep circus animals out of its town. Meanwhile, the Sun Valley City Council says it's looking at a similar resolution that would not welcome exotic animals in traveling circuses.

But this morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that in next-door Hailey, the Jordan World Circus is set to fill the Hailey Rodeo Grounds beginning June 7. On the same day that Ketchum lawmakers approved a second reading of the anti-circus ordinance (three readings are required before final passage), the Hailey City Council voted unanimously to approve a special events permits for the Jordan World Circus, which will include elephants and tigers.

"We are not entitled to make emotional decisions," said Hailey Councilwoman Martha Burke before voting to approve the permit for the circus.

The anti-circus effort has been driven by a group of Sage School students who have been presenting compelling evidence at Wood River Valley meetings on the ill treatment of exotic animals in traveling circuses.

"One of the circus industry’s biggest arguments is that kids like us want to see elephants and other animals,” the group of students told lawmakers. “We don’t want the circus to use us kids as an excuse to hurt animals. … We have learned the truth.”

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