WHEREAS, the San Diego County Democratic Party supports the humane treatment of all animals, and wishes to encourage the prohibition of those traveling exhibits and circuses that exploit and mistreat wild and exotic animals for entertainment; the Party should support the adoption of policies that will advance the humane treatment of animals; and
WHEREAS, Animals forced to learn unnatural or dangerous tricks through intentional infliction of pain by the use of tools in an abusive manner can lead the animals to experience health and behavioral problems; and
WHEREAS, while addressing the inhumane practices by some circuses and traveling exhibits, it is important to acknowledge the positive role played by wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education facilities, organizations that focus on rescuing and protecting wild and exotic animals, organizations that educate the public about wildlife conservation, and other organizations that treat their animals humanely; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Diego County Democratic Party calls upon state and local governing bodies, boards, and agencies to enact laws and policies that advance humane treatment of animals by prohibiting the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses and exhibitions, with appropriate exemptions for responsible wildlife organizations that treat their animals humanely, do not use abusive training to force their animals to perform unnatural or dangerous tricks, and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Submitted by Jess Durfee, Lori Kern and Roxanne Story Parks.
San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action
The East Area Caucus of the San Diego County Democratic Party
Adopted by the San DIego County Democratic Central Committee February 16, 2016