The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA), a bipartisan bill from Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) to end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows in the US.
Supported by Animal Defenders International (ADI) and over a dozen celebrities from the entertainment industry, the bill will be introduced to Congress on Tuesday March 28th.
A new short film ‘The Reluctant Entertainers’ features actors, musicians and directors explaining the reasons to end the suffering of wild animals in circuses and inviting Congress to “leave the entertaining to those of us who want to perform, we have the choice”.
CSI stars Jorja Fox (‘Sarah Sidle’) and Eric Szmanda (‘Greg Sanders’), are spearheading the ADI campaign and will speak in support of the bill along with Reps Costello and Grijalva, former Congressman Jim Moran and ADI President Jan Creamer.
When: PRESS CONFERENCE: Tuesday, March 28th at 1.30pm.
Where: 421 Cannon House Office Building
ADI President Jan Creamer, said “The evidence is clear – traveling circuses cannot meet the needs of wild animals. That’s why over 30 countries have already passed similar laws and the time is right for the US to do the same.”
TEAPSPA original cosponsors include: Gerald Connolly D-VA (11), Hank Johnson D-GA (4), James Langevin D-RI (2), Barbara Lee D-CA (13), Ted Lieu D-CA (33), Martha McSally R-AZ (2), Gregory Meeks D-NY (5), Mike Quigley D-IL (5), Janice Schakowsky D-IL (9).