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Agency to debate elephant rides

FRANKFORT — 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 elephants at circuses and other events. The hearing will be at 9 a.m. at the agency's headquarters in Frankfort.

The move will face opposition. Primate 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.