Animal acts at circuses could be banned in Jersey City, nearby towns

JERSEY CITY — Jersey City hopes to become a more animal-friendly city with the expected introduction of an ordinance that would ban circuses and other acts, tradeshows, or petting zoos that would require animals to perform or be ridden.
“There was a circus in Hudson County this year and it prompted the conversations. The mayor is committed to advocating for the towns, and speaking with other mayors, to pass a ban that will prohibit cruel treatment of animals. We are following Bergen County and in order to expand forward, the first and important step is setting an example in our home city.” said city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill.
The law if passed by the City Council would set strict parameters on treatment of animals.
This follows a nationwide trend that would do away with many of the traditional circus-like acts that animal rights people claim use cruel training programs.
The council meets on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 280 Grove St.

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