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Future of circuses with animals on county ballot

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- Animal rights activists in Clatsop County have convinced the board of commissioners to put the future of circuses featuring animals on the ballot.

Voters will vote on an ordinance to ban such circuses in May, the Daily Astorian reports http://bit.ly/ufGGLD .

"This is stuff that has disturbed me for much of my life," said Carol Newman, a proponent of the ban.

At the center of the controversy is the use of certain animal taming techniques and tools. Those include a "bull hook," used to guide elephants by driving the hook into the elephant's skin.

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