Santa Fe approves ban on traveling wild, exotic animal acts

Santa Fe will no longer allow wild and exotic animal acts due to an approved amendment to the city’s animal welfare ordinance.

The City Council and mayor approved the amendment on Wednesday in an 8-1 vote after an hour of public testimony that was largely in support.

The amendment prohibits shows of wild or exotic animals performing tricks, giving rides or participating in the amusement of a live audience. Animal exhibitions for educational purposes are excluded from the ban as well as common domesticated animals such as cats, dogs, cattle and horses.

City Councilor Signe Lindell who sponsored the proposal says that animals forced to entertain are subjected to abuse.

Opponents say they fear that the move could eventually lead to bans on other animal-related events like rodeos.


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