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Victory! Beaten Elephant Out of Parade

Written by PETA | July 3, 2011

Despite the fact that footage of a handler with Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) beating and shocking an elephant named Tai has been widely publicized, California institutions continue to hire the shady outfit. In addition to the Santa Ana Zoo, which offers rides on elephants provided by HTWT, the city of Sierra Madre, California, had planned to feature Tai in its July Fourth parade today. But after hearing from PETA and hundreds of concerned citizens, the city canceled its plans and Tai will get the day off.

HTWT is unrepentant about the footage showing elephant beatings and has even defended the use of bullhooks (rods resembling fireplace pokers with sharp metal hooks on the end) and electric shock prods. PETA had pointed out to Sierra Madre officials that not only is using Tai in parades cruel to her, it also poses a risk to paradegoers, since Tai could easily be spooked by the noise and commotion of a large crowd, live bands, and possibly even fireworks, and break free, which could lead to injuries. 

You can celebrate Independence Day by urging the Santa Ana Zoo to follow Sierra Madre’s lead and stop doing business with HTWT. Every organization that hires HTWT helps pay for the oppression of elephants.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • RoryReloaded says:

    @Genevon – Last time I checked, animals at zoos weren’t beaten…

  • Jennifer says:

    Now let’s go a step further and allow Tai to retire. One day off is a start, but is by no means a victory!

  • Genevon Just "G" for short says:

    I heard quite a few years ago that elephants were abused and broken into submission. I wish that it were made more public! If it were, I bet more people would fight against zoo’s and circuses using them. I hadn’t heard much about it since my initial awareness of it and I had, for the most part, forgotten about it with all the other drama that’s been taking place on this planet.

  • Joanna K says:

    I am always concerned… when it is urged to boycot some place that is abusing their animals (i.e. Sea World, HTWT, etc.) – what happens to those animals they have when they are too expensive to keep???

  • Purple Haze says:

    I am gald the city canceled their plans and gave Tai will get the day off. Elephants do not desreve to be beaten and abused. ALL ANIMALS HAVE RIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!