New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo earned praise from the Humane Society of the United States for signing legislation on Oct. 19, 2017 that prohibits the use of elephants in circuses and other traveling shows in New York.
Brian Shapiro, New York state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said:
“We applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this historic bill into law. Elephants are a treasured species, and there is growing popular support for their protection. The use of elephants in circuses and other traveling shows is outdated and causes unnecessary suffering for these magnificent animals”
In June, both houses of the legislature passed S.2098b/A.464b, which was sponsored by State Senator Terrence Murphy, R-Yorktown, and Assembly member Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale. The law goes into effect in October 2019.
New York joins a rapidly growing trend to protect wild animals from abuse inherent in the circus industry. Earlier this year, Illinois banned the use of elephants in traveling shows and the New York City Council banned wild animals in circuses, joining two other states and more than 130 communities across the country that have passed various restrictions on wild animal acts.