AUGUSTA – A bill banning elephants in traveling acts heads to the Senate after the House of Representatives gave its approval Thursday afternoon.
Representative Kimberly Monahan, D-Cape Elizabeth said “It really boils down to the inhumane treatment of these wild, exotic, incredibly intelligent animals. And also the whole idea of fundraising and using wild, exotic animals in circus acts is really a thing of the past.”
The proposed bill would provide the Shrine Circus with an exemption through the year 2020.
With the house voting to approve the ban, the bill next heads to the senate, which could vote on it as early as next week.