Jersey City is one step closer to changing the way circuses may operate when performing in the city.

Officials cleared a bill during Wednesday's City Council meeting that would ban the use of exotic and wild animals in any circuses that perform in the city, according to a report by NJ Advance Media. A final vote is still needed before the bill becomes law.

Councilman Rich Boggiano told NJ Advance Media that he thinks the bill is unnecessary. But the bill does have the support of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and animal activists.

The city council meets again on Sept. 14, and a final vote on the bill could happen then.

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