From: Bangor Daily News
Portland Bans Exotic Animals
PORTLAND, Maine — There will be no more elephants in Portland.
The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to prohibit circuses and other traveling acts from exhibiting wild and exotic animals in Maine’s largest city, citing their “cruel” handling and training.
City Councilor Brian Batson proposed the ban after a handful of animal rights activists protested the Kora Shrine Circus’ annual visit to Portland in the spring.
Portland is the first city in Maine to ban the display of exotic animals and joins more than 100 across the country that have done so, according to animal rights groups.
“We can all recognize the fact these practices are outdated,” Batson said. “They are not only cruel — they are inhumane.”