Written by PETA
Before making plans to go trekking in Nepal, please
look at the video footage and photographs taken during an undercover investigation
commissioned by PETA
footage shows how baby elephants in this South Asian tourist destination are
taken from their mothers and "broken" by being chained, struck, and burned so that they can be used to give
repeatedly wave flaming torches in the frightened youngsters' faces and over
their trunks, legs, and bodies. The fire singes their skin, causing painful
burns and causing sparks to fly into their eyes. Heavy chains and restraints
spiked with nails are used to restrict the calves' movements, leaving abrasions
and puncture wounds. Hooks are often pierced through the elephants' sensitive
ears, which riders yank on in order to steer the animals.
and tormenting elephants forced to give rides and to perform for tourists'
entertainment is pervasive throughout the world. Baby elephants in India, Thailand and even
at Ringling Bros. and
Barnum & Bailey Circus’s
“training camp” in Florida suffer similar abuse. Trainers with Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), which provides
elephant rides for fairgoers in California, have been caught on tape beating
You can help by boycotting all elephant
“entertainment” acts and by asking the Los
Angeles County Fair and the Orange County Fair to stop supporting elephant abuse by ending
their relationship with HTWT.
by Jennifer O'Connor
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