Story Time and Cookies With an ‘Elephant’ at PETA’s D.C. Office

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Elephants don’t want to entertain humans. But Ella, PETA’s D.C. office courtyard elephant, is more than happy to.

Ella the Elephant, PETA DC office courtyard, storytime with Ella

Ella frequently has her picture taken with tourists and sends postcards to kids who write to her. So she thought, why not invite kids to visit and give them a fun way to learn about bullying and compassion for others—no matter what they look like?

Ella the Elephant, storytime with Ella, PETA DC office

Children across the country face an epidemic of bullying, so it’s more important than ever to teach them to have empathy and respect for all living beings. Story time with Ella both educates and empowers them to make a difference through their actions.

Ella the Elephant, storytime with Ella, PETA DC office

Children interact with Ella and enjoy stories, sing songs, make crafts, and take home coloring books and vegan animal crackers.

Visits with Ella are always free and are offered to all preschool and K-5 classes. Click here to plan yours today.

Ella the Elephant, storytime, PETA DC office, thank you letterA thank-you letter to PETA office staff from one of Ella’s visiting classes.

And if you can’t bring your class to her, Ella will come to you! On her blog, she’s inviting kids from across the country to send her drawings, letters, questions about her life, pledges never to go to a circus that uses animals, or anything they’d like to share. Every child will receive a personalized response from Ella on a postcard with her photo.

Send your Ella-mail to:

Ella the Elephant, c/o PETA
1536 16th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind