Baltimore County Weighs Ban on Circus Animals

Even as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has gone out of business, due in part to pressure from animal-rights activists, smaller circuses still criss-cross the country with lions, bears, elephants and other exotic animals.

Now two Maryland counties are considering banning traveling animal acts, essentially telling circuses they’re no longer welcome.

In Baltimore County, Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said the county should lead by example and ban acts and shows that feature a long list of exotic and wild animals. She has introduced a bill to ban the exotic animal shows. A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26.