Despite the number of critters that registered to vote (remember the dog and the fish?) their agenda isn't doing well in Chicago. Yesterday, in Clout Street, Dan Mihalopoulos of the Tribune brought us the story:
"The fallout from City Hall's foie gras fight apparently will impact circus elephants that come to town.Violators of this legislation would face as much as six months in prison, and fines as high as $5000.00. So that'll be good for Chicago's revenue stream. Could net 'em as much as, well, maybe $5000.00. But Alderman Smith sees difficulties:
A City Council panel passed a weakened version today of a proposal to protect elephants from being abused in Chicago."
The ordinance originally called for an outright ban on using a bullhook on an elephant. But that clause was deleted after proponents failed to garner enough support for it, said Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th), who introduced the measure two years ago.
... [She] acknowledged it would be hard to enforce the ordinance, which now goes to the full council for a final vote.We'll keep you posted as the story develops.
"That's always the question," she said, calling on city officials to make surprise inspections and increase training of staff to identify signs of elephant abuse.
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus comes to the United Center from Nov. 18-30.