On April 25, Lt. Kenric Warner and Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Tony Rigoli and Andy McCormick conducted a compliance inspection of the Garden Brothers Circus before the scheduled afternoon performance at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. The inspection focused on the permits required to exhibit elephants in New York State.
In 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that goes into effect on Oct. 19, 2019, prohibiting DEC from issuing any license or permit authorizing the use of elephants in entertainment acts. Until that time, a permit issued by the DEC is required to exhibit elephants.
The officers found that the two elephants traveling with the circus are covered by valid DEC permits. ECOs also found no violations of laws involving other animals traveling with the circus.