A group of San Francisco supervisors has proposed a ban on wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes. The ban would apply to movie shoots, circus acts and street performers, although domesticated horses are exempt.
The circus’ parent company, Feld Entertainment, said the acts will be phased out by 2018, citing growing public concern about the animals’ treatment.
Bertie Mae, a female Asian elephant at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, died at the age of 34.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Los Angeles have made some unusual seizures, including elephant meat, a dead primate and hundreds of handbags made from the skin of snakes, lizards and crocodiles.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom employees were sad to say goodbye to their beloved Asian elephant, Taj, who died on Monday at age 71, making her the oldest elephant in a North American facility at the time of her death, according to the park.