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Thursday, August 1, 2013

ELEPHANTS IN NY

Circus group cited over elephants at Spring Valley summer camp
N.Y.: Handler didn't have state permit for 2 elephants
from: lohud.com
Written by Mareesa Nicosia
Jul 30, 2013



Elephants perform in Ramapo; circus group ticketed: Hundreds of kids at local Jewish summer camps were entertained at elephant shows in Viola Park in Ramapo; the animal handler lacked a state permit and was ticketed. Video by Mareesa Nicosia/The Journal News
RAMAPO — A Missouri-based circus group that trucked in two Asian elephants to perform for hundreds of children from local summer camps was ticketed Tuesday, charged with possession of a threatened or endangered species without the required state permit.
The elephant handler, William Morris of Florida, was leasing the elephants from George Carden Circus International of Springfield, Mo., and hadn’t applied for a New York state permit until midway through a set of three shows in Viola Park, a Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman said.

 
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DEC officer Dawn Galvin, left, talks to elephant handler William Morris from George Carden Circus International about having proper permits as officials from the village of Kaiser sponosred an elephant showat Viola Park in Ramapo on July 30, 2013. The operator was ticketed for possession of a threatened or endangered species without the required state permit. ( John Meore/The Journal News ) John Meore/The Journal News
The DEC immediately issued the permit but advised Morris that public contact with the massive animals and rides are prohibited in New York.
“Today was the last day Mr. Morris was going to be conducting any elephant shows in New York state,” DEC spokesman Peter Constantakes said Tuesday.
The circus group drew officials’ scrutiny after an initial performance Monday at the United Talmudical Academy in Spring Valley resulted in a permitting kerfuffle with the village that was reported by The Journal News.
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