Let’s go, Massachusetts!!
By Zachary Toliver | January 8, 2018
Around the world and right here at home, there’s a growing resistance to circuses that chain, beat and jab animals in order to force them to perform confusing tricks — look no further than New Jersey for evidence of this as the Garden State becomes the first in the nation to ban traveling wild-animal acts.
First introduced as “Nosey’s Law” by Sen. Raymond Lesniak, the legislation prohibits the use of wild or exotic animals in traveling acts.
It overwhelmingly passed the Senate by a vote of 31-0, just as the 2017 legislative session closed and is now on its way to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk for approval.
The legislation is named in honor of Nosey, an elephant whose freedom has been the focus of a bitter lawsuit between authorities and infamous animal handler Hugo Liebel.
When authorities seized Nosey — who is lame and currently residing at an animal sanctuary while awaiting a decision on her fate — she was found tightly chained, confined in her own waste, and without proper shelter.
“Nosey is an elephant who is virtually crippled by arthritis, and who is forced to travel the country to give rides at fairs, flea markets, and other events,” wrote Sen. Lesniak when he first introduced the bill. “The arthritis has likely caused Nosey unnecessary suffering and permanent disability, and reports indicate that Nosey has been denied necessary veterinary care. … Nosey’s owners continue to use her in shows. This bill would prohibit such shows in New Jersey.”
Last year, both Illinois and New York banned all traveling elephant acts, but New Jersey is the first state to go further and prohibit all animal shows.
The Garden State just showed that it won’t be long before we bid goodbye to all animal acts and circuses.
No living being exists simply to be a spectacle or to perform tricks for human entertainment, yet all circuses and traveling shows that use animals treat them as mere props, denying them their freedom and an adequate standard of living.
Elephants, tigers, bears and other animals in circuses are forced to perform under the threat of punishment with sticks, bullhooks, whips and electric prods — by businesses that claim to offer a good time for the whole family.
Torn away from their homes and subjected to beatings, isolation, and neglect, these animals will continue to pay the price for human greed as long as people continue to pay the admission fees to these performances.
PETA thanks Sen. Lesniak and the animal rights advocates of New Jersey, who proved that if we work hard together, we can restore the freedom that all animals exploited by circuses deserve.