A new bill proposed in the state of Illinois could ban animal programs.

When I was in grade school, I remember school assemblies where they brought in animals for us to learn about. It was a great memory and discovery process.

 

There's a chance this kind of event could end in Illinois.

According to usark.org,

"Illinois House Bill 2554 is a broad-sweeping ban on “traveling animal acts” which would include educational animal outreach and other programs which include any species not native to the United States."

Here's a summary of what the possible bill would cover...

  1. "Ban on any animal species non-native to the U.S. being transported and then viewed by any audience."
  2. "The only exemption applies to programs in which the animal is not transported at a "non-mobile, permanent institution, or other facility;"
  3. "Violation penalty is up to a year in jail and $2,500 fine (Class A misdemeanor)."
  4. "This bill amends the current law (720 ILCS 5/48-11) which only applies to elephants but would include ALL non-native species and those of a "foreign character" if it passes."

I understand trying to keep animals safe but I believe this is taking things to far.

Some families can't afford to visit zoos, so this is the only way for their children to experience animals in person.

Contact your local representative for more information.


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