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|Originally Posted: 25 August 2011|
Tell L.A. County Fair to Cancel Proposed Elephant Rides
[Ed. Note: Please read Movie Star Electric Shocked - Water For Elephants for background information on Have Trunk Will Travel's abuse to elephants.]
Tell L.A. County Fair Association to CANCEL elephant rides during the upcoming fair, September 2-October 3. Elephants will be "leased" to the Fair Association from Have Trunk Will Travel, recently exposed using brutal "training" methods.
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The Los Angeles county fair association plans to offer elephant rides provided by known animal abusers Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) at the upcoming county fair September 2 - October 3rd. Animal Defenders International released video footage showing trainers from HTWT hitting the elephants repeatedly with sharp metal tipped bullhooks and shocking them with electric prods. The handlers from HTWT use cruelty and intimidation to control the elephants who are used for rides.
Dear Mr. Henwood,
I was horrified to learn that the LA county fair will be
hosting elephant rides. The elephants your using, provided by
Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), are subject to abusive training
methods and cruel punishment when they do not obey. I urge you
to cancel the elephant rides before the fair starts.
Video was released showing the handlers at HTWT beating
elephants with sharp metal tipped bullhooks and shocking them
with electric prods. They use beatings and intimidation to make
these animals perform unnatural acts.
You have the opportunity to choose kindness over cruelty.
Please do the right thing and cancel the elephant rides
immediately and show that the LA county fair does not support
Thank you for everything you do for animals!