Dangerous wild animal ban could mean the end of EK Fernandez

HOWARD: GOING TO THE FAIR TO WATCH WILD ANIMAL ACTS IS A THING OF THE PAST. THE STATE TODAY BANNED CARNIVALS AND FAIRS FROM BRINGING THE ANIMALS INTO HAWAII. THE PRESIDENT OF E-K FERNANDEZ SAYS TODAY’S DECISION COULD MEAN THE END OF THE 115-YEAR-OLD COMPANY. JENN BONEZA HAS MORE. JENN? JENN: THE RULING COMES THREE YEARS AFTER GOVERNOR IGE PLEDGED TO BAN WILD ANIMALS FROM BEING BROUGHT TO HAWAII FOR CARNIVALS AND SHORT TERM SHOWS. lions, tigers and bears no more. They are three of the five dangerous animals now banned from being brought to hawaii for fairs and carnivals. jessica wooley, humane society of united states: “these dangerous animals coming into our state present a lot of risks, human health, environment, there’s just so many risks so i think over time we’ve started to come to terms with that. this is not the best activity to invite into the state. ” Alligators and elephants are also included in the ban, which does not prevent wild animals from being brought in for films or the zoo the ruling. SCOTT FERNANDEZ, PRESIDENT/CEO: ” if they are taking about our safety record, …our safety record is without blemish. ” Public safety issues were among the concerns and several who testified mentioned the tragedy of tyke the elephant who killer her trainer in August 1994, then rampaged down ward avenue injuring several others before being shot 84 times by police. Tyke was brought in by circus international of hawaii for a performance at the neil blaisdell center. The ban supports Governor David Ige’s 2015 pledge to stop giving permits to carnival acts that bring wild animals to hawaii. JENN: “with the board voting in favor of the amendment I wanted to know what’s next for ek fernandez.” SCOTT FERNANDEZ: “its hard to really determine what’s going to happen to ek fernandez shows. this is a big blow.” SCOTT FERNANDEZ:” ringling brothers is no longer available to the public and I fear that’s what’s going to happen to ek fernandez shows.” JENN: THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES TELLS ME HAWAII IS NOW THE FIRST STATE TO TAKE THIS STEP IN BANNING DANGEROUS WILD ANIMALS IN THIS WAY. THE RULE WILL OFFICIALLY GO INTO EFFECT 10 DAYS AFTER GOVERNOR IGE SIGNS IT. NO WORD ON WHEN THAT WILL BE. DASH

11 thoughts on “Dangerous wild animal ban could mean the end of EK Fernandez

  1. Next, law proposed, because HI thinks working tax payers are really helpless children, "24/7 Mandatory Bicycle Helmets for All Citizens" – for their safety! …so they don't ever hurt their heads if they fall out of bed, get in a car wreck, bump their head on a reef while scuba diving, get into a school yard fight, etc. Make it happen Hawaii government! You can do it. Be the first!

  2. Great Job, maybe EK Fernandez shows can go sweep floors at Walmart! No pity for companies who profit off the exploitation and suffering of animals

  3. Tyke did not deserve this she only escaped because she was sic of being whipped stabbed with bull hooks and punched😢

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