In a monumental victory for elephants, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a ban into law that prohibits the use of elephants for entertainment in circuses and other traveling shows!

Known as the “Elephant Protection Act,” the new law will take effect in two years. In addition to barring elephants from being used in circuses and other performances in New York, the law gives authorities the power to impose a fine of up to $1,000 for every violation.