The lone lion was part of a “protest” of the City Council's hearing and potential vote on the “Circus Ban” - or legislation that would ban the use of exotic animals in entertainment acts, animals like elephants, tigers and, yes, lions.
The legislation is obviously drawing the ire of those in the circus biz, and representatives from Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey testified at the City Council's recent hearing.
In fact, in May the circus removed elephants from its act, but told council members it had no intention of getting rid of any other animals. Instead, they said, the circus would just skip New York City altogether if the ban is put in place.
Which is where the lone lion comes in. A flyer on car windshields outside Van Bramer's Queens Boulevard office tell more of the story, arguing that not only would the ban put a dark cloud over every child in NYC, it would also mean the loss of hundreds of union jobs who work at the circus.
Union heads, many of which supported Mayor Bill de Blasio, are pushing the mayor to oppose the ban, but he looks poised to support it. De Blasio has been coming under fire recently from animal rights groups for failing to enact a ban on carriage horses, a promise he campaigned heavily on.
Perhaps he thinks supporting the ban would help ease some of that criticism.
But back to the lone lion: we're sure that Van Bramer wasn't the only council member visited by a solitary person in an animal suit. If you spotted something similar last week in your neighborhood, send us photos at firstname.lastname@example.org.