Cathy Bevins

Bill to ban circuses in county was ill-advised from the get-go

If it were up to Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, never again would a circus perform in Owings Mills, Reisterstown or anywhere else in Baltimore County.

Bevins jumped on the anti-circus bandwagon by introducing a bill aimed at banning from the county any circus containing wild or exotic animals — even if the animals were merely on display.

Her rationale was pretty weak, citing a TV report about Peru trying to get rid of circuses with live animal acts.

Indeed, her “do-gooder” assault on the circus proved so feeble she withdrew her bill within a week due to fierce opposition.

Had Bevins done her homework, she would have known Baltimore County already inspects all animals...