Primates in Circuses
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in Circuses Fact Sheet Here.
In 2001 the Port Townsend City Council passed a ban against the display of wild and exotic animals. This ban includes circuses within the city limits. Several individuals and organizations, including PCWS, Wild About Animals, JCASA and All My Relations were instrumental in passing this ban*. The City Council then sent the new ordinance onto the County Commissoners, requesting that they adopt it on a county level. PCWS has begun a dialogue with Jefferson County administration in order see that this ordinance passes on a county level. Should the county ordinance pass, Jefferson County would be the first county in Washington State to pass a ban on wild and exotic animal performances.
You can help us by writing to the County Commissoners, requesting that they place a ban on the use of wild and exotic animals in entertainment in Jefferson County.
Jefferson County Commissoners
1820 Jefferson Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
In 2000 The Jordan Family Circus came to Port Townsend. In 2001 Circus Gatti spent one day in Jefferson County -- although, because of the ban, they did not bring any animals into Port Townsend. To learn more about the abuses animals suffer while performing in circuses, please see circuses.com and The Performing Animal Welfare Society.
* PCWS would also like to thank Alan Youse and Frank Garrison of the Port Townsend City Council, for taking the time to care about wild and exotic animals. Additionally, PCWS would like to thank Dr. Roger Fouts, Carol Buckley and Officer Blayne Doyle for writing to the Mayor and Council regarding the use and abuse of animals in circuses. Thanks also goes to The Progressive Animal Welfare Society of Lynnwood, WA for assisting in drafting the ordinance.