California lawmakers pass bill banning the use of wild and exotic animals at circuses

California lawmakers pass bill banning the use of wild and exotic animals at circuses
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The California State Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would ban the use of wild and exotic animals from circuses.

Senate Bill 313, which specifically bans the use of bears, tigers, elephants, monkeys or other wild animals in circus acts, now heads to Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomCalifornia, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule On The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills Federal judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns MORE’s (D) desk for a potential signature, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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“Bears, tigers, elephants, and other wild animals exploited in traveling acts don’t ride bicycles, jump through hoops or balance on pedestals because they want to,” state Sen. Ben Hueso (D) told the news outlet in a statement. “They perform these and other difficult tricks because they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t.”

The bill was approved Wednesday by unanimous vote without debate.

Supporters of the bill said that if the legislation is signed into law, California would become the third state to ban wild animals in circus acts, following Hawaii and New Jersey.

Domesticated dogs, cats and horses would still be allowed to be used in circus acts, the Times noted.