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For Immediate Release: 07/21/10

Born Free USA applauds the Sacramento City Council for approving performing animal ordinance

On Tuesday, July 20th, the Sacramento city council approved an ordinance that will help protect animals used in traveling shows when they come to the city of Sacramento.

Commercial animal exhibitors including rodeos and traveling circuses will now be required to obtain a permit from the Animal Care Service manager 30 days prior to the scheduled performance.

The Animal Care Services will also have the authority to make unannounced visits to ensure the welfare of the animals while in the city.

While many people associate the circus with "safe, wholesome, family fun" — the truth often is much darker. Government inspection reports reveal ongoing mistreatment of animals in some circuses, as well as failures to provide the basic minimal standards.

In addition escaped animals can place local residents at risk. In 2002, in Sacramento a tiger refused to return to his cage following a performance prompting the evacuation of patrons from the arena. Both Sacramento police and SWAT teams were called to the scene. The tiger was eventually tranquilized and returned to his cage.

This commonsense ordinance will help protect public health and safety and help prevent cruelty to animals.

Born Free especially thanks Councilwoman, Sandy Sheedy for introducing the ordinance and Sacramento Animal Care Services Manger, Penny Cistaro for her strong support of the ordinance and commitment to protecting performing animals.

Born Free USA is a national non-profit animal welfare and conservation organization and nationally recognized leader on exotic animal regulation. More information can be found at www.bornfreeusa.org

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For further details contact:
Monica Engebretson
Senior Program Associate, Born Free USA
(916) 447 3085 x 210

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