The sweeping ban includes any exotic animals used in entertainment, from elephants and lions to seals and ferrets. It covers circuses and the motion picture industry, meaning that no film made in San Francisco can feature wild animals.
Meanwhile, other major U.S. cities are passing measures to keep exotic animals out of circuses. Los Angeles, Austin and Oakland have passed bans on the use of bullhooks, or sharp metal sticks used to control elephants - which are needed to coerce elephants into performing. And in other countries, even more is being done: Austria, Croatia, Greece, Malta and others have all passed nationwide bans on performing exotic animals in circuses.