Act Now to Ensure NY State Ends Circus Suffering

Senate Bill S2098 would prohibit the use of elephants in any exhibition, act, circus, trade show, carnival, ride, parade, race, performance, or similar undertaking in the State of New York, making this state one of the first in the nation to implement a historic state wide ban.

New Yorkers are no longer tolerating the cruelty inflicted on elephants and other animals in the name of entertainment. The New York City Council just voted to ban the use of elephants (and other animals) in circuses in NYC! Now Senate Bill S2098 - The Elephant Protection Act is on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk waiting for his signature. It's imperative that you contact Governor Cuomo today and urge him to sign this game changing bill into law!

This legislation was inspired by students at the Pace University Environmental Policy Clinic in New York, and sponsored by Republican Terrence Murphy in the Senate and Democrat Amy Paulin in the Assembly. The bill passed the Senate (with 56 votes for and 6 votes against) and then passed the Assembly with a 134 to 8 win.

If signed, this legislation will have an unprecedented impact on several elephant traveling show owners who are notorious for exploiting and abusing elephants, such as UniverSoul Circus, Shriners, the Royal Hannaford Circus, Garden Bros Circus (also doing business as Picadilly Circus), all of which are known for using violence upon their elephants to keep them in line, and keep them performing.

What you can do:



The State of New York should have zero tolerance for this cruelty and abuse. Urge Governor Cuomo to sign this bill into law and help New York State set the precedent for state wide bans on elephants abused for entertainment.

1) Call Governor Cuomo's office at 518-474-8390

Choose Option #1 to leave a message, and leave your name and phone number, then politely say:

As your constituent, I urge you to sign S2098 into law, banning the use of elephants in circuses and traveling shows, making the State of New York an historic leader in the move towards animal free entertainment.

2) Follow up your phone call by sending an email to Governor Cuomo by submitting our letter.

Personalize and submit the letter below to email your comments to:
  • Governor Cuomo




Ban Cruel Circus Performances in the State of New York! Please sign S2098 into Law!

Dear [Decision Maker],

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]


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