"[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.
Having just been introduced, TEAPA will go through committee and future rounds of congressional scrutiny before it's passed -- but you can help it along the way. Make a point to write your congressional representative and urge him or her to stop cruelty to animals and ban their inclusion in traveling circuses.