Illinois lawmaker seeks to expand ban on wild animals in traveling acts

SPRINGFIELD, lll. (WEEK) — A bipartisan group of state legislators wants to expand the list of wild animals banned from traveling animal acts.

Currently, Illinois law only bars the usage of elephants in the acts. The law would add 14 other animals to the list, including bears, cougars, giraffes, non-human primates, tigers, and zebras.

Senate Bill 154 would make using these animals in a traveling act for performances a Class A misdemeanor. If passed, the law would take effect July 1.

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