Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Animal protection groups applaud Fountain Valley for canceling elephant rides at Easter event

Posted: 6 April 2012

Orange County, CA—Animal Defenders International (ADI), PETA, and Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL) thank the Fountain Valley Recreation and Community Services Department for cancelling the elephant rides that had been planned for an Easter event this weekend at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center. County policy strictly prohibits direct contact between elephants and the public. Elephants are prepared to give these rides by painfully abusive training methods including using electric prods and bullhooks- sharp, metal-tipped implements that resemble fireplace pokers- that trainers use to hit, ‘hook’ and jab elephants on their feet, bellies, ears, mouths and other sensitive areas. This coalition of animal protection organizations appreciates the City of Fountain Valley’s decision not to support this abuse.

The elephants were likely being provided by Have Trunk Will Travel, a Perris, California company which was exposed in a video released by ADI showing trainers and owners shocking their elephants with handheld electric prods and violently hitting and ‘hooking’ them with bullhooks. Within the past year, other SoCal municipalities and venues have severed ties with Have Trunk Will Travel amid protests and public outcry, including the Orange County Fair and the Santa Ana Zoo both ending a twenty-five year run of elephant rides and last summer’s cancellation of an elephant in the Fourth of July Parade in the city of Sierra Madre.


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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 18 co-sponsors and is awaiting a hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture subcommittee of Livestock, Dairy and Poultry. ADI has conducted investigations of circuses 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

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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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