The Long Island Fair hosted a cruel elephant show in 2014! Please tell them elephant abuse has nothing to do with Long Island history and should not be allowed to tarnish our fair!
Minnie, the elephant forced to perform at the 2014 Long Island Fair (photographed below at the Fair), and the Commeford Family, who runs the elephant shows, have a history of Animal Welfare Act violations and injuries to bystanders as well as employees. In November 10, 2011, Greenhouse in New York City actually canceled a scheduled appearance of an elephant with Commerford after being provided with the information about this exhibitor. Please ask the Long Island Fair to do the same.
Some of there incidents of the Commerford Family include:
February 21, 2007: Bob Commerford testified before a Connecticut state legislative committee in opposition to proposed bill 6599, which sought to eliminate the mistreatment of captive elephants by banning the use of bullhooks, electric prods, and chains.
March 5, 2006: An Asian elephant named Minnie (who appeared at the Long Island Fair- pictured below) injured two Commerford employees while giving rides at the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts. As children were being loaded onto the elephant, she became agitated and suddenly swung her head toward the two employees, shifting her weight and pinning them against the loading ramp. An eyewitness reported that one of the employees had provoked the elephant by striking her in the face. One man sustained an injury to his chest and the other a broken arm. Both were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Two bystanders sustained bruises. Minnie has been involved in at least three previous dangerous incidents.
Please sign our petition, asking the Long Island Fair organizers to cease the use of exotic animals for future events: http://bit.ly/LongIslandFair
In addition to signing this petition, please:
Call Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano: 516-MANGANO
Call The Long Island Fair: (516) 874-0502
Email The Long Island Fair using this form: http://www.lifair.org/Contact-Us.html
Please RATE and COMMENT their Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1vNlJKP
US RESIDENTS: please support The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA) or known as HR4525, by urging your Assembly members to co-sponsor, as well as urge your Senate members to introduce the bill! Find your representatives here: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
NEW YORKERS: Please take this extra step for animals in circuses by supporting the Traveling Wild and Exotic Animal Act (A.5407/S.5971) for New York State!
A bill, introduced in both the New York State House of Reps. and the New York State Senate is the state-wide option as well! Please CALL your government officials (find them here: http://www.nysenate.gov/ andhttp://assembly.state.ny.us/) and follow-up by signing this petition: http://bit.ly/NYTEAPA
Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur/WeAnimals