Action Alert – October 27 Hearing in Richmond, VA on banning elephants

October 27 hearing scheduled in Richmond, VA for city-wide ban on circus elephants

The Richmond, VA City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, October 27, regarding Ordinance No. 2014-199. The ordinance would essentially prohibit circuses from exhibiting elephants by banning the use of the elephant guide (also called a bull hook/ankus).  If this ordinance is passed, it would prevent Ringling Bros. and other circuses from visiting Richmond by preventing the use of a widely accepted elephant management tool which is absolutely necessary to safely display elephants in a public setting.  The effect of any bull hook ban is to ban elephants and the circus.  A recent news article by the Richmond Times-Dispatch outlines local activist efforts to pass the ordinance and ban circus animals:

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