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Washington, D.C. -- HR 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, a bill that could see an end to elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys and bears touring with circuses, was unveiled Nov. 2, 2011, at a press conference attended by Bob Barker, Jorja Fox, the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Animal Defenders International (ADI). The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA), introduced by Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), will restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in traveling circuses and exhibitions.

Announcing the Bill at a launch in the Rayburn Building, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) stated:

"Based upon the publically-available research, and video and photographic evidence, it is clear that traveling circuses cannot provide the proper living conditions for these exotic animals. That is why this legislation is intended to target just the most egregious circumstances involving exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses. It is not intended to affect zoos, aquariums, horse racing, rodeos, or permanent facilities where animals travel out for film, television or advertising work. Keeping elephants in chains, confining wild animals like lions and tigers in small cages, and forcing them to perform unnatural tricks for the sole purpose of human amusement, is increasingly difficult to justify the more we learn about these intelligent, social creatures."

This is the first bill to comprehensively tackle the use of all wild animals in circuses ever to be launched in the U.S. The Bill will end the keeping of animals for extended periods in temporary facilities, the cruel training and control methods employed by circuses and address public safety issues. It will not impact zoos or other static facilities with captive wildlife.

Philanthropist and TV host of "The Price Is Right", Bob Barker, said: "There will be a time when people will be shocked that we ever allowed the suffering of these animals in the name of entertainment to continue so long. Elephants living in chains and being beaten; lions and tigers in small cages on trucks, being whipped to perform tricks; it's the dark ages. This Bill helps bring us out of the dark ages."

In the coming months, members of Congress will be urged to sign the Bill. Jorja Fox concluded: "Everyone now has a chance to end this suffering. People should contact their member of Congress today urging them to sign the Bill. It's a practical and reasonable measure to protect animals. Don't take no for an answer."


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