Kentucky Wildlife Agency Proposes Ban on Use of Endangered Species for Entertainment

The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources has announced a proposed rule change that would prohibit: 1) the possession or transport of animals on the federal Endangered Species List by anyone other than Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos; 2) public contact with big cats and other captive exotic and wild animals; and 3) the use of elephants, tigers, and other federally protected animals for circuses. The agency held a public hearing on October 22, 2021, and is accepting written comments through October 31, 2021.