Maryland Hopes to Follow New York’s Lead and Ban Elephants from the Circus

New York State has become the first state to ban elephants in its circus acts beginning in January 2019.  The treatment of elephants in circuses has come under scrutiny and ultimately helped lead to the demise of the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Governor Cuomo signed the bill almost four months after New York City joined many local jurisdictions across the country in banning all wild animals in their circus acts. Several Maryland counties are working on banning wild animals from circuses in their jurisdictions.

Maryland is poised to become the second state to ban elephants from being used in circuses. A bill to ban elephants in circuses will be introduced in the 2018 Maryland General Assembly. More details will follow on this legislation as the 2018 legislative session gets closer.



Lisa Radov

President and Chairman at Maryland Votes for Animals, Inc.
Lisa Radov has been passionate about helping animals since she was eight years old when she embarked on her first fundraising campaign to help stop the slaughter of baby harp seals in Canada.

Lisa has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Marketing and Advertising from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. She was the Owner and Director of Marketing at Gebco Insurance Associates, Inc. from 1986- 2016 and is a Certified Yoga Instructor.

A lover of all animals, Lisa has rescued two dogs, four pet lab rats, six cats, two hamsters, and two guinea pigs.

A mother of four, Lisa has chaired fundraising campaigns and been an active board member of the Parents' Associations at her children's schools. She became politically active in animal issues when her youngest child started volunteering at the shelter where they adopted their two cats.

Lisa is dedicated to passing laws that will make Maryland a leader in the humane treatment of all animals - companion, farm, and wildlife.