Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Help educate the public about elephant rides at Kern County Fair

Posted: 17 September 2014. Updated: 17 September 2014

Ignoring clear evidence of abuse and an outcry from the local community, the Kern County Fair Board has sadly chosen to bring elephants from Have Trunk Will Travel to the Fair once again.

Last year ADI made a presentation to the Kern County Fair Board, outlining the terrible suffering of the elephants who are provided by this notorious supplier and we recently presented a petition calling for the elephant rides to be canceled, signed by more than 2,600 residents.

Since ADI released its shocking footage of elephant abuse at HTWT, the company has been cited by the USDA while providing rides at the Central States Fair in Rapid City, SD, in 2012, for failing to keep a resting elephant “under the direct control and supervision of a knowledgeable and experienced animal handler.”

HTWT is no longer certified under the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose new guidelines advise limited contact between humans and elephants in line with modern elephant husbandry.

Since the launch of our No Fun For Elephants campaign, several events have abandoned their elephant rides including the Orange County Fair, Los Angeles County Fair, San Diego County Fair, the city of Fountain Valley, CA, and Santa Ana Zoo.

We Need Your Help

  • Please join ADI and help educate attendees of the Kern County Fair from September 17-28, 2014. Details of scheduled events can be found here. Please contact ADI to help or 323-935-2234.
  • Send a polite email to CEO Michael Olcott, President Nancy Wheeler-Smith and Vice President Karen DeWalt – share your disappointment that the Board voted to continue the elephant rides, remind the Board that other nearby fairs and cities have severed ties with Have Trunk Will Travel after reviewing the evidence of behind-the-scenes beatings and use of stun guns and urge them to follow their lead.
  • Collect signatures in the community, urging the Kern County Fair Board to leave elephant rides out of any future fairs. Download our petition and share with family, friends and members in your community and, once filled, mail to us at the address provided.
  • Send a donation today to help ADI expose elephant suffering and distribute our No Fun for Elephants DVD.

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