Victory! Maryland Bans The Use Of Elephants, Bears & Primates In Circuses & Traveling Shows

A major victory as Maryland recently made a significant stride in animal welfare by banning the use of elephants, bears, and primates in circuses and traveling shows.

Legislation H.B. 379/ S.B. 0547, which was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan, aims to protect these animals from the harsh conditions and mistreatment they face in these types of performances.

The decision to ban these specific animals is based on scientific evidence showing that elephants, bears, and primates are highly intelligent, social, and emotionally complex beings that suffer greatly in captivity.

Circuses and traveling shows are inherently stressful environments for these animals, with constant travel, confinement, and forced performances contributing to physical and psychological trauma.

Elephants are known to suffer from a variety of health issues in captivity, including foot problems, arthritis, and psychological distress. Bears and primates also exhibit signs of stress and anxiety when forced to perform in unnatural settings. By banning their use in circuses and traveling shows, Maryland is sending a clear message that animal welfare is a top priority.

The ban on these species is also supported by public opinion. A 2019 Gallup poll found that 62% of Americans believe that animals should not be used in circuses, reflecting a growing awareness and concern for the welfare of captive animals. Maryland’s decision to enact this ban is in line with the changing attitudes towards animal exploitation and will hopefully set a precedent for other states to follow suit.

In addition to the ethical concerns surrounding the use of elephants, bears, and primates in circuses, there are also safety considerations to take into account. These animals are wild by nature and can pose a serious risk to both handlers and audience members when forced to perform in unnatural and stressful environments. By banning the exploitation of these animals, Maryland is taking a proactive step to protect both animals and humans from potential harm.

Maryland’s bold move reflects the evolving attitudes towards animal exploitation and sets a precedent for other states to follow in the pursuit of a more humane and ethical society. leading the way in prioritizing the well-being of animals and recognizing the importance of treating all creatures with kindness and respect.

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