Animal Defenders International

 

Animal Defenders International

Animal Defenders International to reveal elephant abuse at Grass Valley public meeting

Posted: 2 July 2013. Updated: 16 July 2013

June 28, 2013, GRASS VALLEY, CA – Animal Defenders International (ADI) will show Grass Valley citizens examples of the abuse of elephants at Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) premises in Perris, CA and answer any questions about the footage, next Monday, July 1st.

The meeting has been called by a coalition of animal groups including ADI, and local lead group, the Center for Animal Protection & Education (CAPE), says that close to 100 people have already signed up to attend the event at the Holbrooke Hotel. The meeting will discuss the Nevada Fair Board’s decision to continue with elephant rides at this year’s Fair, despite compelling testimony from several animal advocate groups and concerned members of the public at the Fair Board’s meeting on June 20, 2013.

Matt Rossell, ADI Campaigns Director, “It is vital that the public sees the behind-the-scenes training so that they are informed before they pay to ride these elephants. Although for practical reasons we put just a few minutes online, we invite all Board Members to meet with us and see all of the footage and we are happy to answer questions.”

ADI’s undercover investigation of HTWT, taken over an eight week period, resulted in nearly 10 hours of footage and shows elephants being repeatedly beaten and electric shocked with stun guns during routine handling and training. Nine minutes of footage has been made available online, providing an overview of the key acts of violence, including 168 hooks, hits, jabs and electric shocks: http://bit.ly/ADI-HTWTInvestigation.

Shelley Frost, Program Manger, Center for Animal Protection & Education (CAPE), “After listening to testimony from dozens of concerned local citizens, parents and children, the fair board chose to dismiss the option of cancelling the contract without even a discussion. If the board thinks that a bang of the gavel put an end to this debate, they couldn’t be more wrong. Nevada County residents have made it clear we do not want Have Trunk Will Travel bringing their abused elephants to our fair.”

What:
Public Meeting to discuss Elephant Rides at the Nevada County Fair
When:
Monday, July 1, 2013 at 6:00pm
Where:
Holbrooke Hotel
212 W. Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945

###
ENDS


EDITOR’S NOTES:
Film and photographs of animals in circuses are available from ADI.

Contact:
ADI Media Desk: 323-804-9920 e: mediadesk@ad-international.org
At event: Matt Rossell, ADI Campaigns Director, 503-890-5151

About Animal Defenders International
http://www.ad-international.org

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 behind-the-scenes suffering in the industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals and educates the public.

ADI’s Undercover Investigation of Animal Trainers Have Trunk Will Travel
Animal Defenders International released shocking footage from our 8-week undercover investigation of Have Trunk Will Travel, where elephants used in the movies Water for Elephants, Zookeeper, Britney Spears’ circus video and many other ads, shows and live performances were trained. The footage shows the animals being beaten and electric shocked with stun guns to perform the tricks seen in the movies and other performances, including:

  • Have Trunk Will Travel owners and trainers using stuns guns and beating animals with bull hooks
  • Have Trunk Will Travel boss Kari Johnson viciously striking an elephant
  • A baby elephant being hit over the head and dragged by the trunk
  • Elephants chained by the legs barely able to take one step back and forward (the elephants were being chained from 6:30pm to 6:30am, 12 hours a day)

Click here to see the footage, or visit http://bit.ly/ADI-HTWTInvestigation.

© Animal Defenders International 2018