'A stronger, more humane New York': Gov. Cuomo signs bill outlawing elephant performances
A bill protecting elephants from the abusive conditions in the entertainment industry took effect in New York on Saturday.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Elephant Protection Act in 2017, which banned the use of elephants in entertainment acts within the state, including their use in circuses, carnivals, and parades.
At the time Cuomo said, “The use of elephants in these types of settings is dangerous to their health and potentially abusive. The Elephant Protection Act furthers this administration's efforts to fight animal cruelty, and create a stronger, more humane New York."
Although the bill was signed into law in 2017, it did not take effect until two years following its passage.