Despite being informed about the cruelty of hauling elephants around in tractor trailers and “controlling” them with bullhooks, California’s Orange County Fair is going ahead with plans to offer elephant rides provided by an outfit called “Have Trunk Will Travel” (HTWT). HTWT is the same exhibitor that was caught on tape hitting elephants with bullhooks and shocking them with electric prods.
The fair’s contract with HTWT allows it to cancel the rides for this year’s fair by this Thursday (tomorrow), so please send a message today to fair officials urging them to do so. Be sure to add that you hope that they eliminate these cruel and dangerous rides permanently.
Written by Jennifer O’Connor