The Wildlife Committee is focused on the protection of Connecticut’s rich and remarkably diverse range of species, as well as migratory and international wildlife. The interconnectedness of all species is highlighted now more than ever. Wildlife trafficking and habitat loss are not only a threat to animals in the wild, but to humans as well. 

Help Ban The Use of Wild or Exotic Animals in Traveling Animal Acts

Please urge your representatives to SUPPORT HB-9253 to end cruel treatment of animals.

Many animals in these types of shows endure cruel training and prolonged confinement, sometimes lasting months in trucks and trailers. Wild cats are kept in cages barely larger than themselves, and elephants are chained or confined to small pens. Oftentimes, they are deprived of adequate exercise, veterinary care, or sometimes even regular food and water. Urge your legislators to take a stand to end these performances, which not only risks the animals’ safety, but also the safety of the public.

 

HB-9253 needs to be called for a vote in the House and in the Senate as soon as possible. Connecticut’s legislative session ends on May 4, so act today by clicking the button below:

 

This caged tiger was part of a traveling tiger animal act at the Hebron Fair in Hebron, CT in 2021.

Other Updates

  • Black bears – A proposed bill that would have allowed for not only hunting of black bears, but wildlife in general, was (thankfully) defeated in the Environment Committee on March 28. Black bears are a crucial part of Connecticut’s biodiversity and need our protection now more than ever. Sierra Club advocates for a comprehensive public education campaign, which would educate people and communities to become “bear smart” by learning non-lethal methods of deterrence.

  • Leghold and Body Crushing Traps – Despite Sierra Club’s advocacy for a law prohibiting the use of leghold and body-crushing traps, however, no bill was raised in the 2022 session to address this much-overdue legislation.

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Get Involved

Please email itsallgood_919@frontier.com to find out how you can become involved with helping protect and preserve wildlife.

Sierra Club Connecticut’s Wildlife Committee is focused on the protection of Connecticut’s rich and remarkably diverse range of species, as well as migratory and international wildlife. To find out more, engage us.