Baltimore County and Montgomery County councils are considering legislation that would ban circus acts with wild and exotic animals.
Sixth District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins has introduced a bill to ban exotic animal shows, with a vote planned for September 26. The Montgomery County Council is also considering a similar measure that they hope to vote on later this year.
When a circus sets up in Baltimore County, health official examine the animals and living conditions. Traveling circuses offer families fulfilling entertainment that includes everything from balancing and juggling acts to lion taming and acrobatics
Animal rights activists and organizations are opposed to utilizing wild and exotic animals in circuses. These groups have gone so far as to stage protests outside of venues, alleging animal rights violations and abuse.
The backlash forced America’s favorite traveling circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to close on May 21, 2017.