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UPDATE from Sarah Conley:
The Missoula performing animal ban is scheduled for another hearing. They keep refining the language, but ultimately it still bans exotic animal displays and performances. The full City Council takes it up on MONDAY, August 24th! We need to get our letters, calls, etc in ASAP.
Check out the CFA Grassroots Website for more info: http://grassroots.circusfans.org/detail_detail.php?detail_ID=585
Alert: August 24 City Council meeting (performing animal ban in Missoula)
*8/21/15 UPDATE: at the Public Safety and Health Committee meeting on August 19, the committee members discussed minor amendments, but the ordinance language will still ban exotic animal displays and performances. The ordinance will now be discussed before the full City Council on Monday, August 24. If passed, the ban would become effective on July 1, 2016.**
The city of Missoula, MT is considering an ordinance which would prohibit displays or performances with wild or exotic animals. The ordinance lists chimpanzees, monkeys, big cats, bears, and elephants among the prohibited animals. (See attached document with ordinance language.)
Please contact the Missoula City Council members with a short e-mail, phone call, or letter to let them know you OPPOSE this ordinance. Encourage your friends and family to do the same – especially those who live in Montana or who have been to a circus or any sort of animal exhibit in Missoula. Contact information for the City Council members is listed below. Sample talking points for your correspondence are also included at the end of this alert, but please use your own words and your own experiences as a supporter of exotic animal displays/performances to politely express your opposition to this ordinance.
Missoula, MT City Council
General email for all Council members: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website with agendas, supporting documents, and links to individual Council members:
Mailing Address: 435 Ryman Street, Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 552-6079
City Council members (12 total):
Marilyn Marler, President email@example.com (406) 544-7189
Bryan von Lossberg firstname.lastname@example.org (406) 285-1857
Adam Hertz email@example.com (406) 239-1865
Jordan Hess firstname.lastname@example.org (406) 552-4050
Alex Taft email@example.com (406) 218-8438
Emily Bentley firstname.lastname@example.org (406) 546-6552
Jon Wilkins email@example.com (406) 543-7952
Patrick Weasel Head firstname.lastname@example.org (406) 370-6122
Annelise Hedahl email@example.com (406) 546-6979
Mike O'Herron firstname.lastname@example.org (406) 240-4199
Ed Childers email@example.com (406) 728-3751
Send your letters to the County Council here:
firstname.lastname@example.org, John.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Read the text of the bill here: http://www.aacounty.org/CountyCouncil/Resources/2015/79-15.pdf
Contact the Councilmembers via their own webpages starting here: http://www.aacounty.org/CountyCouncil/index.cfm
There are only 7 members of this council, two of whom are sponsoring the bill. We only need to get through to 4 of them--we can do it! Write, write, write!
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