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S. 3220: Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act of 2021

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About the bill

You probably watched Tiger King — this bill would ban tigers in the ring.


In 2018, New Jersey became the first state to ban the use of “wild” or “exotic” animals in traveling acts like circuses, carnivals, fairs, and parades. Hawaii did the same later that same year. In 2019, California did the same for circuses specifically. Such animals include elephants, bears, tigers, and lions.

Clearly, a momentum shift was starting around that time, as the packaging for Barnum’s Animal Crackers was redesigned to no longer depict the animals in cages. And the momentum towards national bans on wild animals in circuses may also be growing, with France enacting such a law in November 2021.

What the legislation does

The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety …

Sponsor and status

Robert “Bob” Menendez

Sponsor. Senior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 17, 2021
Length: 14 pages
Nov 17, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Nov 17, 2021

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1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Nov 17, 2021

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S. 3220 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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