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Jaycees Gregg County Fair introduces “No Performing Elephants” Policy

Posted: 2 August 2013. Updated: 2 August 2013

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The Jaycees Gregg County Fair in Longview, Texas has joined the growing list of events determined to protect elephants from abusive elephant rides!

ADI contacted the fair as part of our "No Fun for Elephants" campaign. Fair producers were given a copy of the “No Fun For Elephants” DVD, showing ADI’s undercover footage of owners and trainers at Have Trunk Will Travel and Trunks & Humps viciously “hooking” elephants with bullhooks, beating and shocking them during routine training sessions. Though the fair does not currently offer elephant rides, ADI urged fair producers to go one step further by introducing a formal policy to prohibit the use of elephants in rides, appearances, or performances in any future events.

After reviewing ADI’s footage, Jaycees Gregg County Fair agreed to adopt the following policy:

“Jaycees Gregg County Fair does not currently offer elephant rides, appearances or performances, and we have made it Jaycees Gregg County Fair policy to protect elephants and the public by continuing to leave them out of all future events.”

Billy G. Clay, the Fair Manager, writes "We truly support this effort.”

ADI applauds Jaycees Gregg County Fair for keeping elephant rides out of their annual event and prohibiting the use of elephants in any future events.

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