AR-News: (USA) Elephant Lawsuit Settled
mgh at citlink.net
Thu Mar 18 21:55:16 EST 2004
> Elephant Company lawsuit settled -
> The insurance company representing Commerford and Sons elephant rides and
> other circus acts, [ T.H.E. INSURANCE COMPANY, Florida], settled a
> rights violation claim based on religious beliefs, and injury on 4 - 4-
> The company paid an out of court settlement of $ 40, 000 - to animal
> Marc Jurnove, Executive Director of I-SPEAK, International Society for the
> Protection of Exotic Animal Kind & Livestock, Inc, based in Plainview, NY.
> ISPEAKINC at AOL.COM
> The complaint was based on the Commerford members trying to stop Mr.
> from taking video at different county fairs, and a worker hitting Jurnove
> an ankus (elephant control stick with sharp points), in October 1997 at
> Long Island Fair, Old Bethpage Nassau County Park, NY.
> I-SPEAK was formed in 1972 to help protect public displayed and exotic
> animals based on the Jewish belief in tsaar baalei hayyim (suffering of
> creatures) which prohibits the deliberate infliction of pain to animals.
> Jurnove was represented by the law firm of Burton and Donald Citak, New
> The Commerford and Sons Company states they have " Everything from a
> elephant to a complete parade.." "Our pony hitches are featured at America
> finest Parades such as Macys, the Barnum Festival, Eastern States
> the Dade County Youth Fair in Miami, Florida and the great Circus Parade
> Baraboo, Wisconsin. includes exotics from all over the world including
> Elephants, Kangaroos, Llamas, African Pygmy Goats, Ornamental Birds, the
> Miniature Horse, plus many more.
> At least three persons have been injured by their elephants, including at
> NY State Fair.
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