Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Animal protection groups applaud Fountain Valley for canceling elephant rides at Easter event

Posted: 6 April 2012. Updated: 6 November 2012

Great news! Animal Defenders International (ADI), PETA, and Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL) thank the Fountain Valley Recreation and Community Services Department for cancelling the elephant rides that had been planned for an Easter event this weekend at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center. County policy strictly prohibits direct contact between elephants and the public. Elephants are prepared to give these rides by painfully abusive training methods including using electric prods and bullhooks- sharp, metal-tipped implements that resemble fireplace pokers- that trainers use to hit, ‘hook’ and jab elephants on their feet, bellies, ears, mouths and other sensitive areas. This coalition of animal protection organizations appreciates the City of Fountain Valley’s decision not to support this abuse.

Orange County cares about elephants
The elephants were likely being provided by Have Trunk Will Travel, a Perris, California company which was exposed in a video released by ADI showing trainers and owners shocking their elephants with handheld electric prods and violently hitting and ‘hooking’ them with bullhooks.

ADI educated City of Fountain Valley leaders about our findings at Have Trunk Will Travel, and the routine abuse and dominance required to get an elephant to comply with having children ride on their backs.

Within the past year, other SoCal municipalities and venues have severed ties with Have Trunk Will Travel amid protests and public outcry, including the Orange County Fair and the Santa Ana Zoo both ending a twenty-five year run of elephant rides and last summer’s cancellation of an elephant in the Fourth of July Parade in the city of Sierra Madre.

Now that we know their plight, ADI takes serious our obligation to Tai, Rosie, Becky, Dixie and Kitty and we will keep working toward saving them from abuse, but we need your help.

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For information about ADI’s Break the Chain campaign to gain grassroots support for the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 3359), which aims to protect wild animals from being forced to perform in traveling circuses in the US, visit:

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