#JaneUnChained #LIVE at a celebrity-packed news conference to ban wild and exotic animals in circuses or acts traveling through California! The Circus Cruelty Prevention Act has just been introduced by State Senator Ben Hueso of Chula Vista, California, and sponsored by Social Compassion In Legislation and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)! Hollywood stars Joaquin Phoenix, Lucy Davis & Gianna Simone, PABLO AZAR and Ignacio Serricchio joined famed attorney Lisa Bloom, Judie Mancuso, Lisa Lange, Ashley Byrne, Katie Cleary, Simone Reyes, Commissioner Roger Wolfson of LA Animal Services Rawvana, Erin Riley-Carrasco, and other prominent animal lovers to say #EndCircusCruelty! Cirque du Soleil proves cruelty is not necessary for a grand circus show! Jane Velez-Mitchell & Patrizia Mari Barretto report. Full story here: bit.ly/2X7gitP
This measure recognizes both the animal welfare concerns, and public safety concerns of circuses and other traveling shows that force wild or exotic animals to perform. Wild animals are innately driven to behave as they would in their natural homes—the rich ecosystems in which their species evolved over millennia. When they’re denied any semblance of a natural life, they suffer physically and psychologically. Wild and exotic animals also pose an inordinate danger to public safety. Those who feel threatened or frightened act on their natural instincts—and when a bear, big cat, or elephant rebels, trainers can’t always protect themselves or the public. Dangerous interactions with captive wild and exotic animals have resulted in dozens of human deaths and catastrophic injuries.
State Senator Ben Hueso, 40th Senate District
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz of the Fifth District
Joaquin Phoenix, actor
Alicia Silverstone, actress
Gianna Simone, actress
Lisa Bloom, attorney
Roger Wolfson, L.A. Animal Services Commissioner
Lucy Davis, actress
Lisa Lange, PETA (bill sponsor)
Judie Mancuso, Social Compassion in Legislation (bill sponsor)
Jane Velez-Mitchell is nationally known TV journalist and best-selling author. Winner of four Genesis awards from the Humane Society of the United States, Jane Velez-Mitchell covers crimes against people, animals, and the environment. She is known for speaking up for the voiceless!