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Report: Group Renews Push to Ban Circus Animals in City

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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus will soon be in town, but if one animal rights group has its way the circus will not be able to bring wild animals to the city anymore.

The Daily News says NYCLASS is pushing the city to ban the use of animals in circuses.

It's the same group that has demanded a ban on carriage horses in the city.

The organization's executive director claims circus animals are abused to get them to perform tricks.

Ringling's parent company, Feld Entertainment, tells the News the circus has its own team of veterinarians, and says it is regularly inspected by local and federal officials.

The producers say they would stop coming to the city if animals are banned.

In the past, both Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito supported bills to ban the use of wild or exotic animals in circuses.

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