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
According to news reports out of Nepal, that country's forest minister, Dipak Bohara, has "imposed a ban on monkey breeding for export to the United States for biomedical research."
This could be an important first step toward ending the grotesque breeding-and-export trade in monkeys once and for all.
The next step is for the Nepali government to listen to the coalition of animal protection groups (including PETA India) that has been urging the government to rehabilitate the hundreds of monkeys at a breeding center in Lele and to pass a law that would halt all commercial wildlife breeding.
We hope Nepal's action also inspires officials in Puerto Rico to block plans by Bioculture to build a monkey-breeding facility there. But in case they're not paying attention to Nepali news—and, let's face it, many folks aren't—please be sure to add your voice to the growing chorus opposing the construction of Bioculture's facility.
Written by Jeff Mackey
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