With the abundance of undercover footage, revealing the suffering circus animals endure, including investigations led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that exposed tigers being starved for days and whipped profusely as a “training” technique in traveling circuses in America, this important ordinance couldn’t come a moment sooner.

Portland joins 100 other municipalities nationwide to pass a ban on the display of wild and exotic animals. Many countries and major U.S. cities like Los Angeles, San Fransico and New York City have already banned the use of wild animals for “entertainment”. Legislation to restrict the use of wild animals in circuses has also been passed in cities and/or counties in Idaho, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey and Ohio as a result of the growing public awareness of the inhumane treatment the animals endure. 

Soon, using animals in entertainment will be something only seen in history books. By boycotting circuses, zoos, and any other wild animal attraction, we can send the message that cruelty to animals is unacceptable and should be stopped. Share this happy news with all of the animal lovers you know!  

Way to go, Portland!