TEASPA: The Bill That Will Stop Circus Suffering in the U.S.

A bill banning the use of wild and exotic animals in all US Circuses has been introduced to the House.  It’s up to us to get it passed.

H.R.1759 – The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act will ban the use of wild or exotic animals in traveling circus acts was introduced to the House in 2017 by Representative Raul Grijalva (D) of Arizona.  The bill has bipartisanship support and is co-sponsored by 44 state representatives.  (If your state representative is on the list, please thank them on social media!).  If your rep is not on the list of cosponsors, send them a letter or email urging they sign on.  Find Your Representative page.

The Bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.  The following includes contact information for the Subcommittee’s Office as well as the names of it’s members.

Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture

House Committee on Agriculture
1301 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2171
Web Address:
Email: agriculturedemocrats@mail.house.gov

Republican Members:

David Rouzer, North Carolina
Glenn Thompson, Pennsylvania
Scott DesJarlais, Tennessee
Vicky Hartzler, Missouri
Trent Kelly, Mississippi
James Comer, Kentucky
Roger Marshall, Kansas
Don Bacon, Nebraska
Jim Hagedorn, Minnesota

Democratic Members:

Ranking member Jim Costa, CA
Anthony Brindisi, NY
Jahana Hayes, CT
TJ Cox, CA
Angie Craig, MN
Josh Harder, CA
Filemon Vela, TX
Stacy Plaskett, US
Salud Carbajal, CA
Cheri Bustos, III, IL
Jimmy Panetta, CA