Circus Elephants Are Now Banned In New York

This is a major milestone for animal lovers
The bill will come into effect in two years (Photo: Cristy Zinn)‍

New York State has banned the use of elephants in circuses and parades.

State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Elephant Protection Act last week, which will come into effect in 2019.

The law will penalize any violations with up to $1,000 per offense.

In a tweet, the governor wrote: "Elephants will no longer be subjected to this cruel abuse."


According to Cuomo, the new law furthers the administration's 'efforts to fight animal cruelty, and create a stronger, more humane New York'.

He added in statement: "The use of elephants in these types of settings is dangerous to their health and potentially abusive."

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who sponsored the bill, said: "Confinement, torture and unhealthy living conditions have led to early death for these intelligent, gentle animals.

"Elephants will no longer be subjected to cruel treatment for our amusement."


Discussing the new bill, animal right organization The Humane Society of the United States' CEO Wayne Pacelle said: "The extraordinary movement on this issue is a marker of the larger progress in our movement.

"People understand that wild animals should not be transported from city to city for silly stunts, and they should not be subjected to often harsh and inhumane training techniques."


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