Board OKs rules banning wild animals in shows
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii panel has approved amended rules prohibiting “dangerous, wild animals” from entering the state for performances, carnivals or circuses.
The Hawaii Board of Agriculture voted Tuesday in favor of the rules, sending them to the state Attorney General’s office for review.
The rules will then go to Democratic Gov. David Ige for his signature. Ige said he supports preventing the wild animals from entering the state for shows, but he declined to say Wednesday if he would sign off on the rules. He said he had not reviewed them yet.
In a statement, the Humane Society of the U.S. applauded the board’s decision. The organization has advocated for years for stopping the use of wild animals in entertainment.
“Wild animals used for entertainment are trained with pain and the fear of punishment, caged and chained in trucks and trailers, forced to endure months of grueling travel and bullied to perform silly tricks,” said Keith Dane, the organization’s Hawaii policy adviser. “They pose a public health and safety risk as well as risks to Hawaii’s natural resources.”
Scott Fernandez, CEO of Oahu-based E.K. Fernandez Shows, described the board’s decision as “regulatory overreach,” saying it will likely put him out of the carnival business.
“To say I was disappointed would be a massive understatement,” Fernandez said. “They basically ripped the guts out of E.K. Fernandez. They’ve taken a piece of history from us.”
The company has brought tigers, lions, alligators, chimpanzees and other wild animals to its state fairs for decades. But it has not brought any new animals to the state since 2015, resulting in a drop in fair attendance, Fernandez said.
Retired sergeant accused of sex assault during road test
HONOLULU (AP) — A retired Honolulu police sergeant is charged with sexual assault after a woman reported that he made unwanted advances while he oversaw her driver’s license road test.
According to police records, Corbett Roy was arrested Wednesday on three counts of fourth-degree sex assault and one count of harassment. He was released on $1,000 bail. It’s unknown if Roy has a lawyer. Honolulu Department of Customer Services Director Sheri Kajiwara says Roy was the woman’s road test examiner last week. She says the woman passed her road test, had her picture taken, paid and then reported her allegations to a clerk.
Kajiwara says Roy denied the allegations.