Suffering Elephant Minnie Skips Long Island Fair

Following formal complaints to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) alleging the Commerford Family Zoo's violation of New York state permits mandating that "Animals must be exhibited, held, transported, and housed in a manner which prevents direct contact with the public at all times" and a year of petitioning Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the Long Island Fair, long-suffering Minnie the elephant did not make her usual appearance at the Long Island Fair.

While we have not been able to confirm the reason for Minnie's disappearing act, we are grateful she had the week off and thank everyone who called the County Executive and wrote the fair about this important matter.

(Pictured above: Tim Commerford prods Minnie behind the knee with a bullhook as she struggles to perform a trick at the Long Island Fair. Credit: Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION))