Well what do you know folks? Good things DO happen! It seems the Shriners are threatening to pull their disgusting wild animal circus from Minneapolis due to the fact that the the City Council is proposing to disallow elephant rides altogether, citing reasons of public safety. The City Council is also imposing higher fees for licenses and higher fines for violating their stricter animal cruelty regulations.
Sadly and disappointingly, the Council voted several months ago against an outright ban on circuses in Minneapolis, which would have made it the second major city in the U.S. to ban wild animals in circuses, after Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, with a new, stricter ordinance in place, it looks like the Shriners may pull out anyway. Call the City Council members today and ask them to ban elephant rides at the circus. Click here to contact your Councilmember.
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Thank you for all you do for animals!