Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act
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.