Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Victory: Orange County Fair Board Voted to End Elephant Rides!

Posted: 22 March 2012

Orange County, CA - March 22, 2011 - Animal Defenders International is pleased with the careful decision to end the elephant rides at the Fair and congratulates the Orange County Fair Board for their leadership in showing compassion for animals and concern for public safety. The OC Fair Board has aligned itself and the fair with the most progressive practices of humane care and public safety, and sets a positive example to other county fairs in the area which we hope will soon follow their lead. The video evidence that ADI released of elephants at Have Trunk Will Travel being violently hit and ‘hooked’ with bullhooks and shocked with electric devices by trainers speaks for itself. The community ethic of Orange County will not tolerate such abuse towards magnificent wild animals, and the Board’s decision shows they listened and agreed.

Video evidence of elephant abuse at Have Trunk Will Travel, the company providing elephant rides at the OC Fair.



For more information please contact:
Matt Rossell
Animal Defenders International

As the leader of the Break the Chain campaign, ADI works with animal rights and welfare organizations across the U.S. , and is currently working to gain grassroots support for the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 3359), which currently has 19 co-sponsors and is awaiting a hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture subcommittee of Livestock, Dairy and Poultry. ADI has conducted investigations of animals used for entertainment all over the world and has produced comprehensive reports, including one in the U.S. called Science on Suffering which details and provides evidence of the inherent suffering of animals forced to travel and perform.

To find out more information on ADI’s Break the Chain campaign, visit
For more information about the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 3359) visit

Animal Defenders International
With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world, educates the public on animals and environmental issues.

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