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Written by Karin Bennett
I'm glad the protest at the Santa Ana Zoo went well. I used to work at that zoo, in the gift shop, and I well remember all of the problems associated with the elephant ride the first time it was featured years ago. I remember parents dragging terrified, screaming children up the steps used to mount the elephant and children crying and struggling to get free during the ride; I remember an angry father trashing the gift shop over the fact that his wheelchair bound son was not allowed on the elephant due to safety concerns; I remember seeing fresh wounds on the elephant on numerous occaisions. I was relieved when the ride was discontinued and I am amazed that the zoo is offering it again! I will be contacting the zoo to notify them that I will be encouraging a boycott. PETA, feel free to contact me again when there is another demonstration, I will be there, and I will bring the bullhook that you sent me. I have used that a lot recently, including a neighborhood garage sale where I handed out free anti-Ringling DVD's and brochures and let customers see and handle the bullhook. Also, our square dance club has a Halloween dance coming up where we are encouraged to come in costume, and I will be coming as a Ringling trainer...khaki shorts and shirt, leaflets, bullhook, and all.
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