Big E visitors concerned about health of two elephants


Some visitors at the Big E have expressed concerns for the health of two elephants at the fair.

The two elephants named “Beulah” and “Minnie” have been performing at the Big E for decades.

They are owned by the Connecticut-based company Commerford & Sons.

Read more: Big E, Commerford responds to outrage over Big E elephant attraction

In recent years the company has received backlash, with some visitors expressing concerns for their health and welfare. 

22News has received numerous messages, through our Report-It feature, concerning the condition of two elephants. 

Read More: Big E visitors upset, concerned over condition of two elephants

Commerford and Sons was most recently cited by the USDA in 2017 for Beulah’s cuticles being  “long” and “jagged.” 

The company said they have to receive a permit from the USDA before they can appear at the Big E.

The owner of Commerford and Sons, Tim Commerford, told 22News it’s a lack of understanding that has caused the outcry. 

Related: Big E, Commerford responds to outrage over Big E elephant attraction

The Big E said they also have their own veterinarians on site, and the elephants receive the care they need. 

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