ROCKVILLE, Md. — The use of elephants, primates, snakes and other wild animals by businesses that profit from their exhibition could be banned in a Maryland county outside Washington, D.C.

WTOP-FM reports the Montgomery County Council held the first hearing on Tuesday about a proposal to ban the use of animals in circuses or other business that “exhibit or financially benefit” from them. The bill wouldn’t apply to agricultural fairs where livestock is displayed.

Humane Society of the United States vice president Nicole Paquette says the bill would focus on prohibiting the use of wildlife in traveling shows. She says the public doesn’t see most of how animals are coerced with abusive training.

According to the county council, the bill will be heard in a public safety committee work session on Sept. 9.


Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com

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