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ADI protests elephant rides at the Minnesota and Maryland Renaissance Festival

Posted: 29 August 2014. Updated: 29 August 2014

On August 23, 2014 local volunteers for ADI teamed up with members of the Animal Rights Coalition in Minnesota for a outreach event at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival to educate attendees about the suffering of elephants and camels used for rides. ADI also had a presence at a similar event the same day at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, where protesters held signs that read, “Ban Cruel Elephant Rides. Pay to ride, pay for abuse.” Both events were a huge success and advocates were greeted by supportive honks and thumbs up from many festival goers, and plans are underway for more outreach events at both locations.

Upcoming demonstrations

Maryland Renaissance Festival: August 30, 12:00pm—1pm; 1821 Crownsville Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401. Please meet at the South entrance on Crownsville Road. (organized by Howard,

Minnesota Renaissance Festival: September 6, 10:00—12:00pm; meet at the Highway 169 entrance at 3525 145th Street West. You can also go to to view directions.

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival has brought back elephant rides provided by Bill Swain of Trunks and Humps, despite having ADI’s No Fun for Elephants evidence and DVD showing their elephant, Krissy, being beaten by their handler Mike Swain during training. Last year ADI also sent our evidence to the Maryland Renaissance Festival and they chose to bring back elephant rides provided by Frank Murray of Elephant Walk.

We Need Your Help

You can help by writing a polite message to the festivals asking them to make it their policy not to have performing elephants or other animals.

Maryland Renaissance Festival:
Contact: Ms. Carolyn Spedden, Artistic Director
Address: P.O. BOX 315 Crownsville, MD 21032

Minnesota Renaissance Festival:
Contact: Jim Peterson, Owner of Mid-America Festivals
Address: 815 Nicollet Mall, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-332-5600

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