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By: Joseph Spector

NY bill passes: Elephants out as entertainment

Elephants would be banned from circuses and other performances in New York within two years under a bill the state Legislature recently approved.

The measure will now head to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk for review. The bill was praised by animal-rights groups and advocated for by students at Pace University in Westchester County.

"It is a fact that elephants used for entertainment purposes suffer irreparable physical and psychological harm that shortens their lifespans," said Sen. Terrence Murphy, R-Yorktown, who sponsored the bill.

The bill, called the “Elephant Protection Act,” allows the state Department of Agriculture and Markets to assess a fine of up $1,000 for every violation of the law when an elephant is used for performances.

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2017/06/08/ny-bill-passes-elephants-out-entertainment/102637972/



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