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Exotic Animals Ban Forwarded by City Council Committee

Camel rides at the Larchmont Family Fair…with protest signs in the background.

Last fall, City Council Member David Ryu introduced a motion that would instruct the City Attorney to draft an ordinance to “prohibit the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment or amusement, including circuses, other wild or exotic animal shows, and rentals for house parties.”  This week, the Council’s Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee unanimously approved (3-0) the motion, which will now go to the full City Council for consideration.

“Wild and exotic animals have a long history of being exploited for public and private entertainment,” said Ryu in a statement released by his office after the committee vote. “Treating animals in this manner has taught generations of people that it is okay to view wild and exotic animals as toys. Los Angeles must take action to make clear that exhibiting animals in this way is no longer in line with our City’s values.”

Exactly which animals would be covered in the proposed ordinance is still unclear.  So whether it would include things like camel rides at the annual Larchmont Family Fair, a long-standing tradition that has come under fire in recent years from animal rights activists, isn’t known yet. According to Ryu’s communications director, Estevan Montemayor, the specific language of the ordinance, and the specific animals and circumstances covered, will be up to the City Attorney…if and when the Council passes the motion and forwards it to that office to draft an ordinance. (Note:  some other cities with similar bans do include camels, while others consider camels to be domesticated and no longer “exotic” or covered by such restrictions.)

The full council vote on Ryu’s motion has not been scheduled yet.  If and when it is approved, the City Attorney’s office will draft the ordinance, and then it will go back to the Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, and then the full City Council again, for hearings, adjustments and/or final approvals.

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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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  1. I do hope that this will eliminate the camels from the Larchmont Family Fair.

    And let’s dump those pony rides and the petting zoo, too!

    Good reporting, Liz!


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