The Long Island Fair has been hosting a cruel elephant show! 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, 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.
Elephants traveling with the Commerford Family are forced to perform under fear of being struck with bullhooks and have had violent incidents that endangered the public, including the lives of small children.
Some incidents involving 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) 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.
More can be seen here.
In addition to signing this petition, please:
Call Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano: 516-626-4266
Call The Long Island Fair: (516) 874-0502
Email The Long Island Fair using this form: http://www.lifair.org/Contact-Us.html