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Upland Lemon Festival Cancels This Year’s Elephant Rides

Posted: 25 January 2013. Updated: 25 January 2013

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Another elephant ride has ended! Upland Lemon Festival has confirmed they will not be having elephant rides this year, so Gary and Kari Johnson of Have Trunk Will Travel have lost another venue.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) contacted Upland City Council and the Fairplex in 2012 after discovering they had contracted Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) to provide elephant rides at the Upland Lemon Festival. ADI, joined by ADI supporter Harold Norheim and several other local animal activists, presented Upland City Council and the Fairplex with our undercover footage of HTWT owners and trainers viciously “hooking” their elephants with bullhooks, beating and shocking them during routine training sessions.

Several other SoCal municipalities and venues have severed ties with Have Trunk Will Travel amidst protests and public outcry, including Orange County Fair, LA County Fair, Santa Ana Zoo, and the cities of Fountain Valley, and Sierra Madre.

“ADI applauds Upland City Council and The Fairplex for ending the elephant rides at the Upland Lemon Festival, joining the worldwide trend of progressive fairs, cities and nations which have decided to shun entertainment that involves animal cruelty,” said Jan Creamer, ADI’s president. “Trainers use brutal methods, bullhooks and electric shocking devices, to control these elephants for rides, and this decision will go far to set a positive example to other events across the country which we hope will soon follow their lead. ADI will be actively encouraging festival organizers to make this a permanent policy so we never see elephants at the Upland Lemon Festival again.”

Please join us in thanking Upland Lemon Festival organizers! Send them your good wishes and ask them not to host elephant rides at any of their events. Email Leslie Galerne, PR & Communications Manager, Fairplex, galerne@fairplex.com.

See the shocking HTWT footage here.

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