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City Approves New Rules For Performing Animals

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Before council members voted unanimously in favor of the new rules, Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy explained why she introduced the measure in the first place.

“Because of the sheer number of cases of abuse of performing animals. I want to make very sure that the city of Sacramento does not ignore such treatment when performing animals come to our city.”

Inspectors from the city’s Animal Care Services Department will now be able to make unannounced visits to ensure animals aren’t being mistreated and have plenty of food and water.

Richard Harris is with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Initially, the company questioned the need for a city ordinance since similar state and federal rules already exist. But Harris told council members the new ordinance won’t harm their relationship with Sacramento.  

“Ringling Brothers does not oppose the proposed ordinance. Ringling looks forward to working with Animal Services when the circus comes to town in September.”

Under the ordinance…traveling shows with animals will have to pay a $100 application fee. Then $125 per day to pay for animal inspections by the city.
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