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State looks to loosen rules against elephant rides

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state agency is considering loosening
regulations that restrict elephant rides.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has
scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to get public comment on the
proposal that would allow people to ride the enormous animals at
circuses and other events. The hearing will be at 9 a.m. at the
agency's headquarters in Frankfort.

Critics plan to show up to voice opposition to the move.
Primary Rescue Center executive director April Truitt called the
proposal "unthinkable" because she said elephant rides are
dangerous.

Truitt, who operates the Jessamine County facility, said she
intends to ask state officials to include language in the proposed
regulation to require organizations offering elephant rides to have
a $5 million liability insurance policy.


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