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Another CA Venue Bans Elephant Abusers

Written by PETA | March 22, 2012

PETA’s work to put a stop to the elephant rides offered at California fairs by the notoriously cruel exhibitor Have Trunk Will Travel—including submitting extensive written testimony to fair board members, sending a PETA representative to testify, and issuing an action alert—continues to bear fruit, as Orange County has followed in the compassionate footsteps of the Santa Ana Zoo and will no longer be hosting elephant rides.


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The Orange County Fair had hosted Have Trunk Will Travel—whose trainers have been caught on video repeatedly shocking elephants with electric prods and beating them with bullhooks (cruel instruments resembling fireplace pokers)—for 25 years. But after more than a year of pressure from PETA, Animal Defenders International, and others, including many wonderful PETA Files readers—have I told you lately that I love you?—the OC Fair has told the animal abusers at Have Trunk Will Travel to step off.

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Please thank the members of the OC Fair Board for their compassionate decision and ask the San Diego County and Los Angeles County fairs to follow suit by banning Have Trunk Will Travel.

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  • Ella Navvara says:

    WONDERFUL,WELL DONE GUYS! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING CARE OF BEAUTIFUL ELEPHANTS! GREETINGS FROM THAILAND.

  • Sharon Wakefield says:

    ELEPHANTS ARE MORE LIKE PEOPLE THAN PEOPLE REALIZE! BLESS YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMPASSION. WE NEED TO STOP THESE VENUES ALTOGETHER AND STOP ANIMAL TORTURE FOR OUR AMUSEMENT!

  • Missy says:

    It’s the small steps like this that end up making the biggest changes in this uphill battle against animal cruelty. These are such magnificent animals, and to see them brought down to the ground screaming in pain from being hit with a bull hook is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever witnessed. They only belong in the wild.

  • annie says:

    Thank you so much for showing compassion and understanding.

  • Mandy says:

    Please follow your fellow Californians and ban have trunk will travel. It is unfortunate that an animal has to be mistreated under any circumstance let alone for human pleasure!

  • amber328 says:

    Thank you so very much to the OC Fair Board for your compassionate decision to ban Have Trunk Will Travel. I request that the San Diego County and Los Angeles County fairs follow suit by also banning Have Trunk Will Travel. Animals are not for our entertainment, they are wild, and should be left that way!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Valinda Beair says:

    My hat goes off to the OC Fair Board for making the decision to ban Trunk Will Travel from there fairs. Trunk Will Travel needs to be shut down and OC’s decision has gotten us one step closer. Thanks so much for making this compassionate decision. And I pray that San Diego County and Los Angeles County will come to the same decision.

  • Robyn Faith says:

    Please follow suit and show compassion

  • m.cecilia dallari says:

    I love elephants!

  • Sakura says:

    I live in San Diego, and I have been to the San Diego County Fair, and I have attended the “pig racing” events and seen the horseback riding and other attractions, but it never occurred to me that for the animals to perform tricks, abuse may (or may not have, I’m about to do research) have been involved. The fleeting amusement of animal attractions is not worth cruelty.