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A few momths ago, aninal rights activists and then-Councilwoman Lorri Galloway mounted an energetic push enact an “exotic animal” ban that would have barred Ringling Bros. and any other circus from Anaheim (and as an unintended consequence, it would have banned the Angels’ “Rally Monkey,” as well). Among other rationales, circus ban supporters cited allegations of abuse of the elephants and other circus animals.

Well, a few days ago, one of the animal rights groups that has been harassing Ringling Bros.  — the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals — agreed to pay the circus $9.3 million to settle a lawsuit. From the Associated Press:

The New York-based animal rights group was one of several involved in a  lawsuit filed in 2000 against the circus’ owner, Feld Entertainment Inc.,  claiming elephants were abused. Courts later found that the animal rights  activists had paid a former Ringling barn helper involved in the lawsuit at  least $190,000, making him “essentially a paid plaintiff” who lacked  credibility.

Two courts agreed the former barn helper, Tom Rider, wasn’t credible and  didn’t have a right to sue.

This only settles litigation with the ASPCA, and Feld Entertainment will continue its legal actions – including litigation abuse and racketeering claims — vis-a-vis its other tormenters from the animal rights realm: the Humane Society of the United States, the Fund for Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, Animal Protection Institute United with Born Free USA, Tom Rider and the attorneys involved.

This is helpful to keep in mind should any future councilmember decide to mount an anti-circus jihad.

Don’t ban me, bro!!

I was informed by a reliable source that, according to analysis by the Angel’s legal counsel, Councilwoman Lorri Galloway’s proposed ban on exotic animals, intended to banish Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus from Anaheim, would have also outlawed the Angel’s beloved mascot, the Rally Monkey.

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Mere minutes before the start of last night’s Anaheim City Council meeting, Councilwoman Lorri Galloway’s colleagues learned she would pull her proposed ordinance to ban circus animals from city soil. Her target was Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which has the temerity to entertain children and their parents with exotic animals like elephants and tigers, all while making…wait for it…a profit!

Councilwoman Galloway explained that those who had urged her to introduce the ordinance – animal rights organization like PETA – had asked her to pull it. While there’s no reason to doubt that is true, it doesn’t answer the question of why PETA would want it pulled.

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