OPPOSE COLORADO SB20-125 Banning Traveling Exhibition of Exotic Animals
HB20-125 has been referred to Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Hearing set for Thursday, Feb 13th at 1:30pm.
SB20-125 creates the "Traveling Exotic Animal Safety Protection Act" (Act), which prohibits the use of exotic animals in a traveling animal act. A person who violates the Act commits a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of between $250 and $1,000 per violation.
SB20-125 intends to end a very important and popular American tradition of traveling animal exhibits that provide Americans the experience of interacting with animals that they otherwise would never experience.
"EXOTIC ANIMAL" MEANS ANY ANIMAL THAT:
(A) IS NOT A PET ANIMAL, LIVESTOCK, OR ALTERNATIVE 8 LIVESTOCK;
(B) IS NATIVE TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY OR OF FOREIGN ORIGIN OR 10 CHARACTER; AND 11 (C) IS NOT NATIVE TO COLORADO OR WAS INTRODUCED FROM
12 ABROAD, WHETHER WILD-BORNE OR CAPTIVE-BRED.
13 (II) "EXOTIC ANIMAL" INCLUDES A HYBRID OF AN ANIMAL
14 IDENTIFIED IN SUBSECTION (4)(d)(I) OF THIS SECTION, INCLUDING HYBRID
15 CROSSES WITH A PET ANIMAL, LIVESTOCK, OR ALTERNATIVE LIVESTOCK.
16 (III) "EXOTIC ANIMAL" INCLUDES:
17 (A) CETARTIODACTYLA OTHER THAN BISON, CATTLE, DEER, ELK,
18 GOATS, REINDEER, SWINE, AND SHEEP;
19 (B) FELIDAE OTHER THAN DOMESTIC CATS;
20 (C) WILD CANIDAE OTHER THAN DOMESTIC DOGS;
21 (D) MARSUPIALIA;
22 (E) NONHUMAN PRIMATES;
23 (F) PERISSODACTYLA OTHER THAN HORSES, DONKEYS, AND MULES;
24 (G) PINNIPEDIA;
25 (H) PROBOSCIDEA;
26 (I) RATITES;
27 (J) SPHENISCIDAE; AND
1 (K) URSIDAE
Animal rights extremists have pushed for regulatory changes in other states to achieve their goals. These proposed regulations and bans often mislead legislators, committee members, and the general public as to their actual effects and true impact on animal related businesses. Instead of using available data, facts and science, the activists prey on the emotions to influence passage of legislation using pictures and video of scenarios that that are committed by a minority of animal owners who should be prosecuted using existing animal cruelty laws.
Today, we are facing the threat of extinction for a variety of animal species. Without providing exposure to these exotic animals in local communities, many citizens would otherwise not be educated to understand the importance of conservation efforts underway to preserve at risk species.
It is essential that the public, and lawmakers, understand the ramifications of the elimination of private ownership and how it will be tied to extinciton of species. Please click here to read The Cavalry Group's There Is 'No Wild' booklet to learn more!
Exotic animal owners and exhibitors are providing an important link in protecting the survival of these specifies who are under attack or in some cases already extinct in their native environments.
It is imperative that we foster appreciation and learning about these majestic creatures through licensed, regulated, safe and inspected traveling exhibits.
Beyond the false propaganda from animal rights extremists, this proposed legislation would deny primarily minority, middle and lower economic class Americans safe access to these animal species in both an entertainment and educational environment. There is no empirical evidence to support that these animals are mistreated and common sense would say that since the animals provide a livelihood for their exhibitors they would be cared for with the upmost concern for their well being.
It has become commonplace to believe that humane treatment is not exercised by caretakers of performing animals and exhibits, but that could not be further from the truth. Performing animals are well respected and are provided with a life full of excellent medical care, environmental stimulation, and top-notch husbandry practices all of which are already currently heavily regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
In many cases these animals are born in captivity and cannot be released into the wild as animal rights activists suggest. They would be euthanized and suffer death rather than a life of responsible human care.
While the animal rights activists and their ideology paint a frightening, emotional picture about the display and exhibition of exotic animals, the truth is that just because animal activists refuse to recognize that the vast majority of exotic animal owners are providing the best environment and medical care to the animals in their charge. Remember, these animals are their livelihood and as such, it is in the owners best interest to provide the best of care.
Those engaged in actual animal husbandry know far better how to care for animals than well-intentioned urban activists. We must allow time-tested practices to proceed free of interference from over-regulation and bans, such as SB20-125.
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