POLL: Should performing elephants in circuses be banned?

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Animal advocates are celebrating another major victory for animals: New York state has officially banned performing elephants.

Even though we celebrated when Ringling Bros. announced it would be retiring its elephants, and later closing down, there are still many other and companies dragging them around the U.S. for entertainment. Fortunately, the public is turning against this form of cruelty, and New York is the latest state to confirm this.

The Protection Act, which was just signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, will forever ban the use of elephants in any kind of entertainment acts, including circuses, carnivals, parades or trade shows, as of October 2019.

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“The use of elephants in these types of settings is dangerous to their health and potentially abusive,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “The Elephant Protection Act furthers this administration’s efforts to fight , and create a stronger, more humane New York.”

Research, undercover investigations and news reports have all exposed not only the problems inherent with keeping elephants this way, but also the heartbreaking and violent abuses they’re exposed to behind the scenes, which all causes them tremendous physical and emotional suffering.

“Elephants have been exploited and abused in entertainment acts for too long. Confinement, torture and unhealthy living conditions have led to early death for these intelligent, gentle animals. Today, New York has become the leader in ending this horrible practice. Elephants will no longer be subjected to cruel treatment for our amusement,” said Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who sponsored this bill along with Senator Terrence Murphy.

New York now joins a growing number of cities and states have taken a compassionate stand for animals by passing ordinances prohibiting wild animal acts and the use of cruel training tools. Still, animal advocates are continuing to push for change on the federal level because the mobile nature of circuses makes it difficult for law enforcement and inspectors to follow up on incidents and violations of laws.


The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act would end the use of all wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses once and for all, and send a strong message that using some of the earth’s most iconic species for nothing more than our fleeting amusement is no longer acceptable.

You can show your support for animals in entertainment by signing and sharing the petition asking Congress to pass the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act.

For more updates on progress being made around the world, and info on how to help animals in circuses, check out Stop Circus Suffering.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 23 Oct 2017.

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Mano Haran

Definitely. It’s anachronistic. People who still love this should be relocated to caves.

Carla Crawford Wales

All performing animals should be banned.

Rena Andersch

Yes, I polled for all that was on the site.

Christina Wall

Hell yeah

Sheila J Smith


Mike Mac


Adriana Noemi Antonello

Respeto y compasión por todos los animales!!

Rikki Salty

This is pathetic…a beautiful animal performing cheap tricks..stop supporting this now…

Linda Lucas


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Sirena Green

circuses should be banned, aquariums should be banned, most zoos should be banned, petting zoos should be banned…animals are not here for our entertainment or our food or to be experimented on…

Scott Gavin


Frances Stapleton

They are banned as are all animals in the UK.

cindy broenner
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Linda Badham
Linda Badham

BRUTAL cruelty and degrading and wrong on every level !! its not living .

Theresa Kemp

All animals should be banned from being part of circus entertainment. Common sense should prevail here

Kate DelCorpo

To get elephants to perform these stupid tricks they are tortured into compliance. When they are carted around in these ridiculous circuses they are tightly chained and confined. Their food source is nothing that they would eat in their own natural habitat. For anyone to vote “No” they either need an education or be tortured themselves to realize what horrid and cruel circumstances these elephants are kept.

Michelle Powers

YES ,,, they need to live their lives in their natural environments.

Janell Morris Cooper


Carol Matney

Yes put them in sanucary..and run free

Edith Kahle

Yes by all means

Diana Faulkner McCoy


Sofie L. Forsberg


Chandra Kulupana

Voted YES & shared

Ally Lehto



All animal acts should be banned from circus’s – they are barbaric and have no place in entertaining people – the animals suffer terribly with trainers who don’t care how they hurt them in order to get them trained. Animal acts should be recognized for the horror they are for animals and have no place in the circus.

Juanita Cunningham


Tierra Chapman

Elephants are a magnificent matrilineal society who revere and nurture their young ones for several years. These babies, who are stolen from their mothers (many mothers are murdrered during this kidnapping process), are brutalized to obey in fear so that they’ll do inane tricks. Who, in their right mind or heart, would want elephants (or any sentient being) to endure the brutality required to wind up as animal slaves in a traveling circus for the rest of their long and miserable painful lives?


Watching tortured animals (elephants, lions, tigers, etc.) is NOT entertaining!!! END ALL CIRCUSES! Let all animals live the lives they were born to naturally live…not in cages and not as entertainment.

Michelle Jones

Done and yes these animals belong in the wild NOT entertaining the human population

Carolyn Clowes


Françoise Galloux

animals are not clowns performances should be banned

Bianca Aring


Sandra Jasprizza


Sandra Jasprizza

Yes Ban all Animals in Circuses

Albina Kolombo

Already s&s leave animals alone

Judy Rees


Lisa Björklund

Röstat JA !

Vanessa Black

Yes..should of never been allowed..it’s cruel..inhumane. .

Birthe Møller Skov