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Baby Elephants Tormented with Fire

Written by PETA | August 23, 2011

Before making plans to go trekking in Nepal, please look at the video footage and photographs taken during an undercover investigation commissioned by PETA India. The 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 rides.

Trainers 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.

Bullying 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 elephants.

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.


Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Judith (Judy) Poole says:

    It’s beyond horrible Baby Elephants are taken away from their Mothers, leaving each to suffer and “cry” from sadness and grief, as Elephants do. But to torture the Babies with fire, besides all the other torture is totally sadistic and insane and has got to be outlawed from happening as well as being taken from Mothers. Their spirits are completely destroyed before they even have a chance to live life. Please, PETA, tell us what to do to stop this!! Thanking you very sincerely, Judith (Judy) Poole

  • Dona says:

    The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. ~Schopenhauer

  • Steph says:

    It interests me as to what these people think when they do things like this to innocent animal – nothing! Disgusting. These people need a taste of their own medicine – oh thats right, animals aren’t as important as humans are they? WRONG!

  • Sean says:

    Wow, this is terribly sad. I will pray that the perpetrators of these offenses find more compassion in their hearts for these beautiful creatures that also deserve freedom and happiness.

  • Cat! =^-^= says:

    OH MY GOD!!!! …I have no words to describe how much this footage breaks my heart. Even more upsetting than watching the poor BABY elephant get tortured is seeing how people just accept this as a way of life. Shame on the tormentors, but moreso…shame on the patrons that support these evil acts. Horrible. I’m glad someone is exposing this to the world.

  • carla says:

    Humans are the real animals…. This is discusting!!!! Shame on the human race!!!!!!

  • Christine Husk says:

    Stop the cruelty! Stop using elephants for profit!

  • Anirban Mukherjee says:

    Please stop this…

  • Irene Leggett says:

    Totally unacceptable. Those poor babies torn from their mothers and forced into a life of misery and torment. Man’s inhumanity and lack of moral ethics towards all other species knows no boundaries.

  • Karen Ficarola says:

    Who are the real animals here!?

  • Angela says:

    I think its awful elephants are being used in this way!! leave them alone! let them live out the rest of their lives in peace and safety.

  • Marybeth says:

    Please stop the cruelty! Have some compassion please!