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Animal Defenders International

Use of HTWT elephant at CyberCoders party promoted by events magazine

Posted: 9 January 2014. Updated: 14 January 2014


When BizBash magazine published an article encouraging event planners to use live elephants for “’Gatsby’-Style Entertainment” in early January, citing a recent CyberCoders event in Los Angeles which used a live, costumed elephant provided by Have Trunk Will Travel, ADI immediately contacted BizBash and CyberCoders, as well as the event planners Kapture Vision and the event venue Majestic Halls, to inform all parties of the terrible abuse to which elephants at Have Trunk Will Travel are subjected.

We were sure that, once they were aware of the cruelty behind the scenes, the companies would not want to support this abuse.

Elephant suppliers Have Trunk Will Travel was caught on camera during an eight-week undercover investigation by Animal Defenders International beating and shocking their elephants with stun guns during routine handling and training.

All four companies responded with dismay and regret about using abused elephants and CyberCoders immediately stated they would never use Have Trunk Will Travel again. We opened up discussions with BizBash, Kapture Vision and Majestic Halls about how they can take a stand to protect animals in entertainment.

(Pictured above: Kari Johnson, co-owner of Have Trunk Will Travel).

  • Read about ADI’s undercover investigation of Have Trunk Will Travel here
  • Learn more about ADI’s “No Fun For Elephants” campaign here

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