By Eric Fortney on This Dish Is Veg, June 2011
If you just happen to be tooling around the set of a Hollywood production featuring elephants and notice that one of the magnificent creatures is being abused, your checking account may become a bit more robust.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Hollywood elephant abusers.
“Elephants are wild animals, not actors, and the barbaric techniques routinely used to force elephants to learn tricks can qualify as abuse under California law,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “That’s why ALDF is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone—including actors, camera operators, make-up artists, and editors—who has witnessed mistreatment of elephants on set first-hand or can otherwise provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of elephant abusers.”
The move was prompted by the shocking undercover footage released by Animal Defenders International (ADI) that shows Water For Elephants star Tai being brutally abused during a training session at the elephant rental company Have Trunk Will Travel.
ALDF is asking anyone who has witnessed elephant abuse to call 707-795-2533 x1035, or email to ElephantAbuse@aldf.org.
Sure 10 grand is nice but more importantly you could help ease an elephant's suffering and bring abusers to justice.