Breaking News! NY Governor Cuomo Signs The Elephant Protection Act To Safeguard Elephants From Exploitation In Entertainment Acts

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation prohibiting the use of elephants in entertainment acts. Under the Elephant Protection Act (S2098B/A464B) no person or entity can use elephants in entertainment acts, which include circuses, carnivals, parades or trade shows.

“The use of elephants in these types of settings is dangerous to their health and potentially abusive,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “The Elephant Protection Act furthers this administration’s efforts to fight animal cruelty, and create a stronger, more humane New York.”

The legislation aims to prevent performance tricks that are never executed by elephants in the wild and that are stressful or harmful to the animal. Elephants used for entertainment purposes often suffer physical and psychological harm due to the living conditions and treatment to which they are subjected, resulting in increased mortality with lifespans only one-half as long as wild elephants. A civil penalty of up to $1,000 can be assessed per act that violates the law.

Delighted with the news, Senator Terrence Murphy took time to thank the students, staff, and faculty of the Pace University Environmental Clinic for their advocacy and aid on this new legislation passing.

“New York State has now passed significant legislation that will protect elephants from cruel and inhumane treatment,” he said. “Once again, New York State is proving to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

“Confinement, torture and unhealthy living conditions have led to early death for these intelligent, gentle animals,” concluded Assemblywoman Amy Paulin. “Today, New York has become the leader in ending this horrible practice. Elephants will no longer be subjected to cruel treatment for our amusement.”

WAN is hoping that many more states follow Governor Cuomo’s decision and put an end to the cruel and inhumane exploitation of animals in circuses, carnivals, parades and trade shows.

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