Animal Issues Legislative Update
There are new items on the Pending Legislation chart for your reference, including some new bills in Virginia that have been pre-filed for the 2019 legislative session.
To follow up on the news I sent you earlier this week regarding the city of Bridgeport ban on wild and exotic animals in performances and traveling exhibitions, I obtained a copy of the final ordinance from the City Clerk today (see attached). The public hearing notice was published on Friday Nov. 2, for a Committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 5. The full City Council met immediately after the Committee meeting on Monday, and the ordinance was included on the Council agenda for a vote. The ordinance has been sent to the Mayor for signature. The timing and short notice of the public hearing certainly helped with passing the ordinance -- with the hearing being announced on a Friday, and with all the distractions of the election on Tuesday, I'm sure supporters of the ordinance were trying to make sure no one from the industry would reach out to City Council members before the vote was held on Monday. [read more]