New York Says ‘No’ to Cruel Elephant Circus Acts by Adopting Ban

Published by Zachary Toliver.

New Yorkers have proved that they don’t want to see sensitive and complex elephants chained and beaten for circus shows. In a monumental victory for elephants, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a ban into law that prohibits the use of elephants for entertainment in circuses and other traveling shows!

Known as the “Elephant Protection Act,” the new law will take effect in two years. In addition to barring elephants from being used in circuses and other performances in New York, the law gives authorities the power to impose a fine of up to $1,000 for every violation.

PETA is sending the lawmakers behind this historic bill—sponsors Assembly Member Amy Paulin and Sen. Terrence Murphy—boxes of delicious vegan elephant-shaped chocolates as thanks for bringing New York into the modern age.

We’re ecstatic that UniverSoul, Shrine, Garden Bros., and any other circus that profits from abusing elephants will have to leave these animals out of New York State! But there’s much more work to be done. We look forward to the day when the only performers in circuses everywhere are willing, human ones who can go home to their families at night.

Let’s end all animal acts!

Eliminating elephant acts didn’t save Ringling Bros. circus. If circuses want to save themselves from dwindling attendance and ultimate demise, they’ll need to eliminate all animal acts. Help tigers, bears, camels, and all the other animals forced to perform by speaking out against these circuses today:

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind