United States Senate
George Voinovich, Ohio

February 2, 2000

{Inside Address}

Dear Leigh-Anne:

Thank you for your letter regarding the Captive Elephant Accident Protection Act of 1999 (H.R. 2929). I appreciate hearing from you.

On September 23, 1999, Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) introduced the Captive Elephant Accident Protection Act of 1999 to prohibit certain conduct relating to elephants. Supporters of the bill believe that it would make circuses more humane for the animals and safer for the spectators. They point out that since 1983, at least 28 people have been killed by captive elephants performing for circuses and elephant ride exhibits. More than 70 others have been seriously injured, including at least 50 members of the general public who were spectators at circuses and other elephant exhibits. Nine states have banned elephants from close contact with the public. This bill would exclude elephants from traveling shows and eliminate elephant rides. It would not close down circuses.

H.R. 2929 was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. Currently, there is no comparable lesiglation pending in the Senate. Should the bill pass the House and come before the Senate for a vote, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.

Thank you for contacting me. Please feel free to contact me again about this or any other issue that concerns you.

Very respectfully yours,

Signed: George V. Voinovich

George V. Voinovich
United States Senator


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