The band is set to perform at the L.A. County Fair in September, but when they learned from PETA that HTWT will be providing elephant rides at the fairgrounds, the gig hit a sour note. Styx wrote to fair organizers, asking them to send the pachyderm exploiters packing.
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I’m sure you know about the video footage released by Animal Defenders International showing trainers from Have Trunk Will Travel … as they shock elephants with electric prods and hit them as hard as they can with sharp metal-tipped bullhooks, causing the animals, including a baby, to scream in pain. —Styx
Styx gets a big domo arigato for speaking out against abusing elephants. And unless it wants to prove it has the heart of a “Mr. Roboto,” the L.A. Fair should heed the rockers’ advice and cancel the elephant rides. Join Styx in telling L.A. County to keep cruelty out of the fair.
Written by Michelle Sherrow