- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York state lawmaker whose bill made it illegal to pose for photographs with lions and tigers at traveling animal shows is praising a decision by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to phase out elephant performances.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said she believes the circus’s decision reflects greater public interest in animal welfare. The Manhattan Democrat said she would like to go further by ending all animal acts at circuses.

Rosenthal was also the sponsor of a law passed last year banning the tattooing of pets. This year she’s introduced legislation to prohibit the declawing of cats.

Citing growing concerns about elephant treatment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said Thursday that it would end elephant acts by 2018.

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