Thursday, February 23, 2006

City of Chicago weighs elephant ban

Couldn't resist the headline. Actually, the Chicago's City Council is considering a bill that would ban elephants in Chicago--unless the animals have 10 acres of open roaming space per elephant, CBS 2 Chicago is reporting tonight.

In a congested city such as Chicago, such a demand by the city would mean elephants could not enter Chicago's city limits since finding 10 acres of open roaming space for even one elephant is almost an impossibility.

After the 2004 deaths of two of elephants in Lincoln Park Zoo, animal rights activists rushed in and pressured the zoo into holding off finding replacement pachyderms for the ones that died.

If the bill becomes law, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus most likely will only perform in Chicago's suburbs.

A PETA group, Save Wild Elephants, is involved in this 10-acres-per-elephant campaign.

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