Growing up, I loved going to the circus. I thought it was amazing to see these wild animals 50 feet away from me right in my own city.
But as I grew older, and learned the horrors these animals endure every single day, my heart began to hurt for these large creatures and their terrible lives.
Limited food, confined living arrangements, abuse, it all happens constantly to some of the world's most majestic beasts.
That's why this news out of New York City is a win for circus animals every where.
New York City council took a page of out Los Angeles' books, and voted to ban wild animal circus acts in circuses. NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez has been leading this fight for almost 11 years, with the hopes of ending these cruel acts.
“It’s taken a long time,” Mendez said during the meeting. “We made a lot of changes to the bill. So I wanna thank the people who supported it and the people who were opposed because through that process, we made this a better bill.”
The bill passed by a vote of 43-6. There will be a one year adjustment period for any acts that currently use wild animals.
I think that it is correct to allow the current businesses to adjust their business model in light of this legislation being passed,” Mendez continued.
Continue reading to find out why some people voted AGAINST this bill to save countless wild animals.
While this new legislation seems like the humane thing to do, with Mayor Bill de Blasio even saying he looks forward to when he gets to sign it, there are of course people who voted against the bill.
But why could someone be against the protection of wild animals?
Queens Councilman I. Daneek Miller, said he's concerned about the impact of the ban on UniverSoul Cirus, the only black-owned circus in the country.
"[When I was a child I] privilege to attend the circus where I got to see acts," said Miller.
Brooklyn Councilman, Andy King, had a much more abrupt reason as to why he opposed the bill.
"I don’t think it’s fair,” King said. “I don’t think it’s right.”