SB 248 could be a turning point for wild animals used in traveling acts in Pennsylvania. You can help this bill get passed! Here’s how…

We are working with Animal Defenders International (ADI) to get PA Senate Bill 248 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and to the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate for a vote. This bill, if passed into law, would ban the use of exotic animals in traveling exhibitions. This would eliminate tigers, elephants, and camels, among many other wild animal species, from traveling performances in PA.

At this time, we need as many PA residents as possible to contact their senator and ask for support of this bill. The best option is to schedule a meeting with the senator or their staff. If this is not possible, a phone call or email is also very helpful to move this bill along. ADI will provide support to help you prepare for a successful meeting, and legislative briefings. Contact them at usa@ad-international.org or call 323-935-2234.

You can find your legislator here.

Tips for meeting or contacting your senators:
Humane PA | Citizen Lobbying Tips to Give Animals a Voice in Harrisburg
Humane PA | Take Action: Meet with your state legislators

If your senator has previously supported animal friendly legislation, please thank them. This scorecard will tell you how they voted on previous humane legislation. Also, let them know that this bill excludes domestic and farmed animals, and why this bill is important to you personally.

ADI is having a week of action to generate support of this bill in PA starting on November 6 through the 10th. Please sign up for their newsletter and you will receive specific suggestions and instructions.

Excerpts from SB 248:

Offense defined -No person who is an exhibitor may employ or use any exotic animal or exotic wildlife in an animal act, ride, performance or exhibition as part of a traveling show or exhibition if, during the 15-day period preceding the employment or use, the animal was living or traveling in a mobile housing facility.

“Exotic animal.” An animal that is native to a foreign country or of foreign origin or character, is not native to the United States or was introduced from abroad and includes all hybrids of the animal. The term includes, but is not limited to, a nonhuman primate, lion, tiger, leopard, elephant, camel,
antelope, anteater, kangaroo, water buffalo and any species of foreign domestic cattle, such as ankole, gayal and yak.