Please Tell Congress to Protect Traveling Exotic Animals
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has introduced H.R. 4525, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, which would restrict the use of a wild or exotic animal in an act if that animal had been on the road during the 15 days prior to the time the animal was to perform. By their very nature, traveling exhibits are inhumane. They confine these complex, social animals in barren, cramped enclosures for hours and days on end. For many animals, these so-called "temporary" traveling structures are their permanent enclosures. Even when the animals are let out, if they are not performing, they are kept chained or their movements are otherwise severely restricted.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please call or write your representative today and urge them to support H.R. 4525, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. To identify your legislator and their contact information, click here (once you click on the link, enter your address and click "Go" to find your legislator). If your representative is already a cosponsor, it is also good to send them a thank you email.
Click here to send a message via AWI's Compassion Index to your representative. Once you are on the Compassion Index page, you will find suggested talking points to include in your email.
Also, be sure to share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their legislators as well. As always, thank you very much for your dedication to protecting animals!