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Originally Posted: June 13, 2013

Stop Elephant Rides at the Nevada County Fair

[Ed. Note: UPDATE June 22, 2013 - BAD NEWS - Nevada County Fair Board Keeps Elephant Rides.]

[Ed. Note: Watch Shock Electric - Animal Cruelty by Have Trunk Will Travel]

FROM Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)


Attend the Fair board meeting on Thursday, June 20. If you live in or near Grass Valley (an hour's drive from Sacramento), or if you have attended the Nevada County Fair in the past, it is important that the Fair board hears from you! If you would like to speak during public comment, please prepare a brief statement. If you do not wish to speak, your presence is important to show the board that many people are opposed to the rides.

Send an email to the Nevada County Fair board, urging them to cancel the rides. See the sample message below, but please be sure to personalize it as much as possible and keep your message polite.

Share this message with friends, family and colleagues who live in the area. Urge them to attend the meeting or to send an email to the board.

If you are not a California resident but you live in an area where elephant rides are offered, let us know and we'll work with you to stop them.

Sandy Woods
Nevada County Fair CEO
17th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors
P.O. Box 2687
Grass Valley, California 95945
phone 530-273-6217
fax 530-273-1146
[email protected]


Training elephants for rides involves violently breaking and training the elephants, and controlling them through dominance and fear of pain for the rest of their lives.

Handlers use the bullhook, a steel rod resembling a sharpened fireplace poker, to routinely prod, hook and strike elephants so they comply with every command.

PAWS has long tracked the many dangerous incidents involving elephant rides that have resulted in human and elephant injures and deaths. PAWS co-founder, the late Pat Derby, testified at a Congressional hearing in 2000 on this important issue. PAWS will be sharing our experience and knowledge with the Nevada County Fair board when they meet on June 20. Ed Stewart, PAWS president and co-founder, and Catherine Doyle, PAWS director of science, research and advocacy, will both be attending. We hope to fill the June 20th meeting with PAWS supporters/friends. Let's do this for the elephants!

It's time for the Nevada County Fair to join the Los Angeles County Fair, the Orange County Fair and others who have stopped offering elephant rides. 

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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