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Animals Used for Events & Rides

Posted: 27 September 2012. Updated: 22 August 2014

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When event organizers provide animals for rides and displays it is not, as it may appear, harmless fun. ADI findings have shown that, despite reassurances that the animals have been well cared for, abuse usually occurs behind the scenes, while the animals are being trained or as part of their daily regime, during which most will be deprived of all the normal, social and mental stimulation they would enjoy in the wild.

In the US, has launched a campaign called No Fun For Elephants which has secured a “no elephant rides” policy at a growing number of events.

Please help us expose the suffering of animals used for events and rides and campaign for an end to their needless use.

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Current & Previous Campaigns



No Fun For Elephants campaign – ADI’s nationwide initiative in the US to end the use of elephants for rides, performances or making appearances at public events. Find out more and how you can get involved



Oxfordshire show urged to pull appearance of bear cubs

ADI calls on the organisers of the Enstone Annual Show to halt plans to feature three bear cubs supplied by Amazing Animals. Read more...



Unwilling to change, elephant supplier drops industry accreditation

Elephant abuser Have Trunk Will Travel has announced it is no longer certified under the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Read more…


Elephant used at CyberCoders party promoted by events magazine

Cybercoders vow never to use Have Trunk Will Travel again after suffering of elephant used for party highlighted. Read more...

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council held a reindeer parade on 15 December 2013. Read more





St Edmundsbury Borough Council held a Living Nativity featuring donkeys, alpacas and sheep at its Christmas Fayre in December 2013. The council has stated that it was “satisfied with the welfare standards of the animals".

South Tyneside Council featured three camels during its Christmas Wonderland Procession. Read more...

Middlesbrough Council held a reindeer parade on 1 December 2013. Read more...

Ski and Snowboard Show had a “mother and baby reindeer” on display at Earls Court 2 in London on Saturday 2 November 2013. Read more...

Covent Garden London used live reindeer for petting and photo opportunities at Covent Garden Piazza from 9 November to 21 December 2013. Read more...

Hialeah Fair in Florida had Banana Derby Monkey Jockeys at its event in 2013, featuring monkeys dressed in costumes, strapped and chained to the backs of dogs who race around a makeshift track. Read more...



The Ski and Snowboard Show Held from 31 October until 3 November, 2012 at Earls Court 2 in London, this event booked five penguins to appear which the organizers say will be ”frolicking in their pen and out on the ice”. Read more...



Oregon Zoo Secures Ownership of Baby Elephant Lily

Following a hard-fought media campaign by ADI, the Oregon Zoo has secured ownership of baby elephant Lily. Read more...




Bob Barker urges Oregon Zoo to secure baby elephant Lily

Bob Barker lends support to ADI’s campaign ensuring Have Trunk Will Travel gives up baby elephant Lily. Read more…




Rose-Tu’s baby must not be handed to elephant abusers

An elephant born at Oregon Zoo could face a lifetime of misery at the hands of animal trainers Have Trunk Will Travel. Read more...




Jorja Fox releases video to highlight Krissy’s plight

ADI Ambassador Jorja Fox (CSI) releases video for ADI telling the story of Krissy, an elephant torn from the wild in Africa Watch here




New standards announced by Assoc. of Zoos & Aquariums

Shortly after ADI’s expose of Have Trunk Will Travel, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced new “Protected Care” standards. Read more…



Olympics opening ceremony: When it was announced that the London 2012 Olympics would feature over 100 animals in its opening ceremony, ADI joined forces with a coalition of animal protection groups to voice its opposition. Sadly, it was not possible to changed the organizers’ minds and the animals were exposed to huge crowds, high levels of noise and flashing lights, despite our concerns, and those of our supporters and many of the public. Read more…


GMB Union: In 2006, the GMB Union hired a live camel to stage a protest against AA owners’ Permira and CVC outside a London church. The camel was 30 years old and had to endure nearly six hours of travel in addition to the three-hour event itself. After being contacted by ADI, the union announced that they would not use animals in future. Read more…


Potomac Nationals baseball team to host Cowboy Monkey Derby: The Potomac Nationals baseball team in Woodbridge, VA is to feature the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo with Tim Lepard and Team Ghost Riders at their game on August 17, 2014. Read more…



Wilson County Fair to host Banana Derby Monkey Jockeys: The Wilson County Fair in Lebanon, TN is once again to feature the Banana Derby, self-titled as “America’s Favorite Monkey Jockeys”. The races will be held every day of the event, which is scheduled to run from August 15 to August 23, 2014, with several races held each day. Read more…



ADI has also called on director Kevin Spacey to replace the rhesus macaque used in performances of Inherit The Wind at The Old Vic and UK councils to refuse permission for shows such as Apassionata, Ben Hur Live and art installations using live animals.

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