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UPDATE from Sarah Conley:

Hi everyone,

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

Fight on!
Sarah

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.

Thank you!

Missoula, MT City Council

General email for all Council members: council@ci.missoula.mt.us 

Website with agendas, supporting documents, and links to individual Council members:
http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/314/City-Council

Mailing Address: 435 Ryman Street, Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 552-6079
City Council members (12 total):

Marilyn Marler, President            mmarler@ci.missoula.mt.us                       (406) 544-7189
Bryan von Lossberg                         bvonlossberg@ci.missoula.mt.us             (406) 285-1857
Jason Wiener                                     jwiener@ci.missoula.mt.us                         (406) 542-3232
Adam Hertz                                        ahertz@ci.missoula.mt.us                            (406) 239-1865
Jordan Hess                                        jhess@ci.missoula.mt.us                              (406) 552-4050
Alex Taft                                              ataft@ci.missoula.mt.us                               (406) 218-8438
Emily Bentley                                     ebentley@ci.missoula.mt.us                      (406) 546-6552
Jon Wilkins                                          jwilkins@ci.missoula.mt.us                          (406) 543-7952
Patrick Weasel Head                       pweaselhead@ci.missoula.mt.us             (406) 370-6122
Annelise Hedahl                               ahedahl@ci.missoula.mt.us                        (406) 546-6979
Mike O'Herron                                  moherron@ci.missoula.mt.us                    (406) 240-4199
Ed Childers                                          echilders@ci.missoula.mt.us                      (406) 728-3751
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Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  Bill No. 79-15
We need letters in opposition to a 'bullhook' ban in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  Bill No. 79-15 would ban elephant guides (referred to as 'bullhooks') and would both impact the Cole Brothers Circus who plays that region as well as the Renaissance Faire there that has elephant rides.  We must make sure the County Council knows the truth about elephant care and elephant handling.  The bill's sponsor has said he's interested in amending the bill to include banning other exotics like tigers.  The bill is scheduled for public hearing on September 8th!

Send your letters to the County Council here:


peter.smith@aacounty.org, John.grasso@aacounty.org, dfink@aacounty.org, ccprus00@aacounty.org, ccpero33@aacounty.org, ctrumbauer@aacounty.org, jerry.walker@aacounty.org, beth.jones@aacounty.org, jgray@aacounty.org, atate@aacounty.org

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!

Fight on!
Sarah


 

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