SANTA FE, N.M. — Wild and exotic animal acts will no longer be allowed in Santa Fe.
The Santa Fe City Council and mayor on Wednesday voted 8-1 to approve an amendment to the city’s animal welfare ordinance that would prevent such acts within the city limits. While it doesn’t ban circuses, it does prohibit those that include acts featuring elephants, tigers and bears that perform for entertainment purposes.
While most people who spoke during a public hearing prior to the vote supported the amendment, several people said the city was going too far.
Cynthia Paxton said she was tired of the council’s efforts for “behavior modification legislation,” like its recent ban of smoking in the city’s downtown Plaza.
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