Jodi Picoult Speaks Out for Elephants in Guest Blog Post for PETA

For Immediate Release:
October 23, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

A new novel from bestselling author Jodi Picoult has hit the shelves, and she has just written a guest blog post for PETA, a piece discussing the novel, Leaving Time, which centers on a teenage girl’s search for her mother, an elephant researcher who disappeared 10 years ago. In her piece, Picoult shares her inspiration for the book’s elephant-centric backstory—her real-life visit to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and spending time in Botswana learning about and watching wild elephant herds—and writes passionately about the plight of the animals featured in her book. Readers will be drawn in by her determination to take a stand for elephants suffering in captivity and may be surprised to hear that poaching doesn’t just decimate wild elephant populations—it also funds terrorism.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and information on elephants abused in circuses can be found here. Picoult’s full piece can be read on PETA’s website here.

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