USARK: Massachusetts Bill to Ban Animal Education

May 1, 2017
USARK
by Editor in Chief

USARK - Hearing on Tuesday, May 2 at 1:00pm

Massachusetts State House
Hearing Room B-1
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133

Massachusetts S490 is an animal rights written and driven bill meant to eliminate the exhibition of animals outside of permanent facilities (such as zoos). While the reported purpose is to end animals in circuses and similar events, the language of the bill could be interpreted to affect educational outreach and similar programs. This is a simple case of another overreaching and unnecessary law. Although the bill language may seem to be focused on certain types of “performances,” ambiguity in the verbiage is intentional and animal rights groups know it.

Animal welfare laws already address animal care, and the many types of bans being pushed by animal rights groups are clearly nothing more than attempts to remove all animals from our lives. Whether or not legislators say this bill would affect small herpetological educational outreach programs, the bill should be stopped as an enforcement officer may interpret the language differently.

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