Applaud Ban on Elephants in Circuses

Target: Amy Paulin, New York State Assembly Member

Goal: Praise New York for banning elephants from all circus performances.

Circuses will no longer be able to use elephants in their exploitative acts in the state of New York thanks to a new law. This important measure would not have been possible without the passionate support of its sponsors, including New York assembly member Amy Paulin, who stated that “elephants will no longer be subjected to cruel treatment for our amusement.”

The training process for elephants and other circus animals is barbaric, involving both torture and fear. Handlers are known to routinely beat elephants, withhold food and keep elephants confined for long periods of time to make them more submissive and willing to perform. Many elephants have been prodded and hit with bullhooks or shocked with jolts of electricity as part of their ‘training.’ These cruel acts must be condemned wherever they are still occurring.

It is important that New York has finally recognized that the inhumane treatment of elephants in the name of entertainment can no longer be tolerated. There are other ways we can appreciate animals without subjecting them to torture. Sign this petition to praise this New York lawmaker for helping to put this ban into place.


Dear Assembly Member Paulin,

I wish to thank you for your support of the Elephant Protection Act in New York, which bans the use of elephants from all circus acts within the state. As you know, the cruelty behind these performances is unthinkable and involves the torture and neglect of these gentle, intelligent beings. While this ban may not put an end to circus animal abuse elsewhere, it sends an important message that such inhumane treatment is not welcome in New York.

Hopefully, there will come a day when no animals are chained, beaten, neglected or starved in the name of entertainment. Thanks to compassionate laws like the one you sponsored, this important goal is one step closer to becoming a reality.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Nazim Uddin

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  1. thank you for this and the elephants thank you these magnificent animals should be protected not used for entertainment

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