City Code Amendments

Posted on: October 19, 2017

Lions and tigers and bears shall no longer perform in Portland

This ordinance prohibits the display of wild and exotic animals in performances at circuses or similar entertainments in the City of Portland.  Circuses and other popular entertainments have included wild and exotic animals in their performances for centuries, but acceptance of this practice is shifting, and those performances are now often viewed as acts of cruelty to the captive animals involved.  Animal rights supporters encouraged the City to adopt the ordinance under consideration, which is similar to those adopted by other cities and states around the country.  Evidence that animal trainers use cruel methods and that circuses routinely abuse the animals in their possession is strong.  By prohibiting the display of wild animals at circuses, supporters hope to stop this kind of animal cruelty throughout the country.

Order 30-17/18
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