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: http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/richmond-council-to-consider-banning-prods-used-to-control-circus/article_9410501e-1efc-5769-9604-720adb02ef7e.html.