Another state bans circus animals as a German circus succeeds with cruelty-free holograms
The days of the circus and of performing Big Top elephants and other exotic animals are coming to an end. For people who care about the rights of animals, it can’t happen soon enough. Meanwhile, in Europe, technology is creating a new magical animal spectacle without the potential to do any harm whatsoever.
California just joined New Jersey and Hawaii when Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill to ban most animals from circus acts in the state. Democratic Sen. Ben Hueso authored the bill in opposition to animal cruelty and confinement.
— Senator Ben Hueso (@SenBenHueso) October 12, 2019
The law exempts domesticated horses, cats, and dogs and doesn’t apply to rodeos.
Circus acts that don’t use live animals will carry on as normal, including Cirque du Soleil. Those who violate the new law will face $25,000 per day for each violation.
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman was elated:
“Today is a historic day for animals in California, including those who have been whipped into performing in circuses, or skinned alive for their fur or skin,” said Reiman in a statement.
On the other hand, the Southwest California Legislative Council opposed the law, supporting the “the thrill of a circus performance featuring beautiful, well-cared-for animals.” However, across the ocean in Germany, a circus that began in 1976 called the Circus Roncalli has found a stunning solution to entertain audiences seeking a Big Top experience.
According to educateinspirechange.org:
“The shows still feature tusks, tails, and an array of acrobats and fiery circles, but in a world’s first, not a single animal is real. They recreated the magnificent 3D holographic imagery with projectors which fill an arena measuring 32 meters (105 feet) wide and 5 meters (16 feet) deep with a view of 360°, for the entire audience to enjoy.”
The circus now uses laser projectors to create holographic animal performances with a 3D effect. Audiences have responded enthusiastically.
See an example in the video below from CircusRoncalli:
California will also become the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products starting in 2023, much to the chagrin of the billion-dollar U.S. fur industry. The industry brought in $1.5 billion in sales in 2014, according to the latest statistics from the Fur Information Council. Now, violations of the fur ban will cost violators $1,000 maximum.
The Fur Information Council of America has already threatened to sue, according to the Washington Post. However, animal rights groups are thrilled. They want to prevent cruelty to animals, which are often gassed or electrocuted for fur. Now they want other U.S. cities to adopt similar legislation, hoping to see it happening in Minneapolis, Portland, and in Oregon.
“Ordinary people want to see animals protected, not abused,” said Cassie King, an organizer with Direct Action Everywhere.
California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to bar most animals from circus performances under a pair of bills signed today by Gov. Newsomhttps://t.co/d9MvMItyJm
— KTLA (@KTLA) October 12, 2019
The law has some strange exceptions:
“The fur ban doesn’t apply to used products or those used for religious or tribal purposes. And it excludes the sale of leather, dog and cat fur, cowhides, deer, sheep and goatskin and anything preserved through taxidermy.”
Radical vegan agenda?
Critics say the fur ban could lead to a black market or suggest a slippery slope argument, leading to bans on more products.
Keith Kaplan of the fur information council previously stated that the fur ban amounts to a “radical vegan agenda using fur as the first step to other bans on what we wear and eat.”
As for the governor, Newsom was proud to sign the bill into law.
“California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare, and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur,” Newsom said in a statement. “But we are doing more than that. We are making a statement to the world that beautiful wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames.”
The head of the Humane Society of the United States also praised the law about fur products.
“The signing of AB 44 underscores the point that today’s consumers simply don’t want wild animals to suffer extreme pain and fear for the sake of fashion,” said Kitty Block, the group’s CEO and president. “More cities and states are expected to follow California’s lead, and the few brands and retailers that still sell fur will no doubt take a closer look at innovative alternatives that don’t involve animal cruelty.”
It’s clear that people have plenty of options for entertainment and clothing without the need for animal cruelty. Plus, with new technology, the circus can reach new audiences with imaginative cruelty-free performances.
More from CBS News:
Featured image: Screenshot via YouTube