The Hanneford circus was here in Columbia, South Carolina this past weekend and they did
have a baby elephant perform. I didn't hear the name of the elephant, but it did
sound like the baby elephant Val I read about on your site.
They brought out the baby with an adult elephant. The adult (mother?) just
stood while the baby was made to walk on three legs as well as some other
tricks. The animal didn't perform any of the tricks correctly on the first try,
and clearly looked distressed. It was all quite disgusting and I took my family
out of the place.
The handlers carried bull hooks during this performance and while the larger
ones gave rides before the show. I never saw them hit the animals, but they prod
them along with the hooks. I had doubts about attending this show, and needless
to say this will be the last animal circus my family will ever attend.
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you very much for telling us, and about your decision,
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary