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California: Urge Your Senators to Support SB 313, the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act

California: take actionUPDATE: This action is now closed. SB 313 passed the California State Senate and advanced to the State Assembly! Thank you to everyone who contacted their Senators in support of this bill.

Senate Bill 313, the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act, is headed to the California Senate for a vote! If passed and enacted into law, the bill will ban the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses  but it won't happen without your help!

Introduced by California Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), the bill previously passed the California Senate Judiciary Committee with a 7-0 vote. 

Wild and exotic animals used in circus acts are routinely exploited and abused for the sake of "entertainment". Forced to perform unnatural and demeaning performances in front of an audience (such as standing on their heads, jumping through rings of fire, or riding bicycles), these helpless creatures must suffer a lifetime of violent training practices, including being savagely beaten, whipped, and even electrocuted, in order to force them into submission.

Animals used in circus acts endure constant confinement and are forced to live in deplorable conditions without basic necessities like adequate food, water, and veterinary care. These animals are also deprived of the social and physical stimulation they so desperately require. As a result of this horrific mistreatment, many circus animals display abnormal behaviors like swaying, rocking, and head bobbing  all of which are signs of extreme psychological distress.

California: Take action and help ban circus cruelty statewide! Call your California State Senator and urge them to vote YES on SB 313!

Click here to find your Senator's name and contact info

Note: This page may display both your senator and assembly member's contact information. You only need to contact your state senator.

If you have a Twitter account, please also tweet your senator and urge him or her to vote YES on SB 313!

Thank you for taking action!

 

Click here to learn more about circus cruelty.

 

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