Back Pittsfield ordinance banning wild animal acts
To the editor:
Berkshire Voters for Animals (BVA) presented a petition to the city of Pittsfield to ban wild animal acts from performing in Pittsfield. This is not a new idea. According to Animal Defenders International, there are presently partial or total bans on exotic and other animals used for "entertainment" in at least 41 countries.
In the U.S., there are at least 49 partial or full bans on circus animals in municipalities in 22 states. In the Northeast, there are local bans in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Vermont. In Massachusetts, bans against exotic and other animals in entertainment have been passed in Braintree, Provincetown, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Weymouth. If circus animals were treated as well as the circus advocates claim, then why are there so many bans in place?
I urge you to contact the mayor and city councilors and express your support for this action, and ask them to join with other enlightened communities to ban wild animal acts from preforming in Pittsfield. The petition to ban wild animal performances will be on the agenda of the next Ordinance and Rules Committee meeting on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Pittsfield City Hall.
In the meantime, you can express your support for the animals by boycotting the Zerbini Circus, which will be in Dalton today (July 11) and tomorrow (July 12). You can also join with the Berkshire Advocates for Animals in protesting the treatment of animals in circuses out in front of the American Legion Field on Route 9 during the circus performances.
Matt Kelly, Petersburgh, N.Y.