I was at Pace University in Pleasantville today to discuss a bill with students and faculty from the school’s Environmental Policy Clinic. While Pleasantville is not in my district, these students have approached me about introducing legislation that would prohibit the use of elephants in any type of entertainment act in New York State two years after it becomes law.
The students did the leg work on the bill and submitted it to State Senator Terrance Murphy and me. We will be working on the bill once session resumes next week and will try to get it passed and onto the governor’s desk by the end of session. We were joined by Pleasantville mayor Pete Scherer.
The purpose of the bill, which has been named the Elephant Protection Act, is to safeguard all elephants from the physical and psychological harm inflicted upon them by living conditions, treatment and cruel methods that are necessary to train elephants to perform in entertainment acts. New York State is in a position to protect the welfare of these animals from all circuses and entertainment performances.