New Jersey Becomes First State To Ban Exotic Animals In Circuses

We certainly live in uncertain times. The animals that share this planet with us live in equally uncertain times. While all over the world governments seem to be making some pretty decent strides to protect and preserve animals and lands, the current administration in US seems to be just as much to make it more difficult for animals and conservation groups. The good news is that state governments still have some say in what goes on. One state in particular has recently taken a tremendous step in ending what many consider to be a long-standing act of animal cruelty. Last month, New Jersey signed a bill into effect that puts an end to “traveling shows” that use exotic animals in their productions.

The bill, called “Nosey’s Law,” is named after an elephant that was rescued from a circus after reports of being mistreated. The elephant is now living at an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee, where it is part of a safe environment created specifically for animals that have lived in captivity.

The bill itself prohibits any traveling show that uses exotic animals from performing in New Jersey. The details of what the bill covers are as follows:

“Mobile or traveling housing facility means a vehicle, including a truck, trailer, or railway car, used to transport or house an animal used for performance. Performance means any animal act, carnival, circus, display, exhibition, exposition, fair, parade, petting zoo, presentation, public showing, race, ride, trade show, or similar undertaking in which animals perform tricks, give rides, or participate as accompaniments for the entertainment, amusement, or benefit of a live audience.”

The only real question is what the bill considers to be an “exotic” animal. The only animal that was specifically named is an elephant. However, other laws define an exotic animal as one that is not indigenous to New Jersey according to the Fish and Game Council.

The bill got plenty of support from several environmental groups, as well as the Humane Society. At a time where environmental groups are seemingly losing ground in the U.S., Nosey’s Law is a solid win.