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.