Bill banning elephants from circuses in Illinois heads to governor
Illinois News Network
ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
Illinois is poised to become the first state in the country to ban performing elephants.
A bill headed for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk would prohibit circuses and traveling acts from using the animals in their shows. State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, sponsored the measure in the House.
“These animals need room to roam,” Fine said. “They’re very social animals and much of the treatment given to the animals is not to their best health and welfare. These are very majestic, social creatures and they deserve to be treated in the proper way.”