Circus animal ordinance stalls in committee

Austin Monitor – Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

A proposed ordinance aiming to protect circus animals within city limits sparked a passionate debate at a City Council Health and Human Services Committee meeting on Monday, with supporters calling it a major step forward and opponents arguing that it is burdensome and flawed.

The committee ultimately chose to table the proposal until its next meeting on Aug. 3. This would provide Council with a brief time window to pass and enact the ordinance, if it chooses to do so, before circus titans Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey start their season in Austin on Aug. 19.

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