Festival Sponsor Has Ties to Notoriously Abusive Exhibitor
For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2014
David Perle 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), a company with a history of elephant abuse, was caught on video by Animal Defenders International beating elephants with sharp steel-tipped bullhooks, which have recently been banned in Los Angeles, and shocking them with electric prods. But Ron Azarkman, CEO of Curacao, the company holding a children’s street festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, has ignored requests for him to cancel plans to have HTWT provide elephant rides. That’s why PETA—led by a crippled “elephant”—will protest the event.
When: Saturday, April 12, 12:30 p.m.
Where: W. Olympic Boulevard and S. Union Avenue, Los Angeles
“Everyone who cares about elephants and believes they should not be beaten wants these rides to be sent packing,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. “By paying such a despicable and cruel enterprise, Curacao has tainted its own reputation.”
The rides can also be dangerous: One of the elephants used by HTWT ran amok at the Denver Zoo, throwing a trainer against a wall, scattering crowds of visitors, and knocking over a mother and her baby. The Los Angeles County Fair, OC Fair, Santa Ana Zoo, Lake Renaissance Festival, Upland Lemon Festival, and Fountain Valley Recreation Center have all ended elephant rides.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.