According to Animal Defenders International, which worked in conjunction with Moran to craft the legislation, the restrictive facilities in which exotic animals are forced to perform also host devastating cruelty. ADI estimates that approximately 300 wild animals tour the U.S. with circuses and nearly all of them suffer from abuse.
"[With] this bill, the U.S. joins almost 30 countries across the world that have taken action to end [animals'] suffering," said ADI director Jan Creamer. "Our investigations have shown that violence to control animals is part of circus culture; animals are beaten, whipped and electric shocked to make them perform tricks. This brutality has no place in modern society."
In addition to receiving support from ADI, TEAPA is also backed by a number of other animal welfare advocates who oppose the rampant cruelty endemic to circus animals' lives. Celebrities from legendary television host Bob Barker to Sir Paul McCartney have come out in favor of outlawing circus animal captivity, but there's still a long way to go before Moran's bill goes into effect.