“The use of elephants in these types of settings is dangerous to their health and potentially abusive,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement after signing the Elephant Protection Act into law this week. “The Elephant Protection Act furthers this administration’s efforts to fight animal cruelty, and create a stronger, more humane New York.”
The ban, which will come into full effect in two years, bans elephants from being forced to perform in not just circuses, but also any kind of parade, carnival or trade show. This comes just a few months after the New York City Council banned using any kind of exotic animal in circus shows within the city limits. And earlier this year, the long-running Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus put on its last show ever.