Progress in the animal rights movement can seem maddeningly slow at times, but then along comes a tangible victory reminding us that our efforts and persistence DO pay off.
Last night in Madison, Wisconsin, thanks to the hard work of the state’s foremost animal protection group, Alliance for Animals and many stalwart supporters, the county board voted 23-9 to ban the exhibition of elephants for entertainment or amusement.
I am T – H – R – I – L – L – E – D.
The passage of this ban didn’t happen by chance. For years whenever the circus came to Madison, concerned citizens organized protests, distributed leaflets about circus cruelty, and carefully documented the sad condition of the elephants on display. Some filed USDA complaints.
Their efforts, and the moral integrity of those who voted in favor of the ban (list here), have made my adopted hometown a better, more compassionate place. Today my heart holds a little more hope for humanity. We know the right way, and sometimes we have the courage to act.