The comprehensive ban was passed Monday at the urging of animal-rights activists who called it a message that while the Los Angeles County community likes entertainment as much as any other town, they don't want it to come "at the expense of animals' well-being."
"We fully support creative entertainment using human performers, but this should not include the use of animals," Jan Creamer, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote in a letter to the council.
The restrictions apply to a wide variety of creatures, including bears and elephants. It allows for such animals to be used for education or for audiences of fewer than 20 people, which the ordinance said would limit "the potential risk or danger to the public."
The Los Angeles Times said West Hollywood has banned cat de-clawing in recent years and has banned the sale of clothing made with animal fur effective this month.
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