Westchester County Bans Wild And Exotic Animal Performances

Peter Haskell
February 28, 2020 - 1:51 pm
Westchester County Executive George Latimer

File photo/The Journal News


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Westchester County is taking a stand against animal cruelty by banning wild and exotic animals from performing at one of its most popular event spaces.

The change was suggested after the Hanneford Circus came to perform at the County Center on Presidents’ Day weekend. The acts included performances by three white tigers and three lions.

“They all go up on pedestals and they, one-by-one, come down,” explained County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor.

She, along with Westchester County Executive George Latimer, says there’s no reason to force animals to perform circus tricks for entertainment.

Latimer on Friday said enough was enough and signed an Executive Order banning wild animals from appeared in shows in the county.

“To subject those animals to whatever efforts are needed to control them in this kind of environment, for them to perform is not worth the entertainment value that people get from it,” he said.

The news conference unfortunately ended prematurely when County Legislator Alfeda Williams suddenly collapsed.

It’s unclear what lead to the medical episode, but she was alert and speaking with EMS arrived at the scene.