Clatsop County Exotic Animal Ban Ordinance (May 2012)

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A Clatsop County Exotic Animal Ban Ordinance measure was on the May 15, 2012 ballot in Clatsop County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 3,962 (40.15%)
  • NO 5,905 (59.85%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure will ban the use of exotic animals by circuses in the unincorporated areas of the county. This measure was brought to the County Board of Commission by animal activists in the county, who saw circus' use of exotic animals as cruel. Animal activists cite allegations of animal abuse by circus' as well as the use of inhumane tools used on animals such as bull hooks on elephants. A letter sent in October from Feld Entertainment, which operates Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, stated that the animal activists group should not be able to impose their beliefs on others. Later the circus was given a fine by the USDA for animal welfare issues, the county activists stated the fine was proof of animal mistreatment by the circus. The ban will only cover exotic animals as covered in a state statute. Since it was defeated, the fine would have been up to $500.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall displaying elephants or exotic animals be prohibited on all property in the unincorporated area of Clatsop County?[3][4]

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