Senate Moves To Protect Animals In Traveling Shows

Lions, tigers and bears, nor any other type of performing animal used in traveling shows would be allowed in Colorado under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Wednesday.While Senate Bill 135 includes a long list of the types of animals that would not be allowed, it also expressly exempts other animal shows, particularly those associated with the state’s agricultural industry.That includes such things as rodeos, working dog trials, livestock or horse shows or any other exhibition that involves livestock, such as state or county fairs. The measure, introduced by Democratic Sens. Joann Ginal of Fort Collins and Rachel Zenzinger of Arvada, also exempts animals used in research or as part of a film or television production.“It excludes educational purposes, scientific purposes, conservation and rescue and other venues where the animals are free to act however they naturally act,” Zenzinger said in a pun-laced discussion of the bill. “Zoos are OK because the only ones monkeying around are the monkeys. If you look at the text, you will see that we corralled the exotic animals that we intended to without rounding up the traditional agricultural entertainments involved in our domesticated and livestock species.”The bill does include…