Have Trunk Will Travel’s Violent, Criminally Abusive Training Practices Make Company Ineligible for Restricted Species Permit, Says Group
For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2013
David Perle 202-483-7382
Perris, Calif. — This morning, PETA sent a letter urging the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to refuse to renew the restricted species permit currently held by notorious elephant exhibitor Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), which provides elephants for television and movies. As PETA points out in its letter, California law allows such an exemption to the state’s ban on the ownership of elephants only if it “will be in the best interest of the state and animal”—and HTWT has been caught on video beating them with sharp, metal-tipped bullhooks and shocking them with electric prods. As a Los Angeles County court recently recognized, California law prohibits the use of physical punishment and electricity on elephants.
“Chaining, beating, and shocking elephants into performing tricks and giving rides flies in the face of the California laws put in place to protect these intelligent, sensitive animals,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. “PETA is calling on the state of California to uphold its laws and deny the renewal of Have Trunk Will Travel’s license or revoke it.”
HTWT has repeatedly defended its practices of chaining elephants and beating them with bullhooks. Multiple studies have shown that using endangered animals in entertainment makes no real contribution to species conservation nor does breeding elephants in captivity—none of whom will ever be released into the wild. And HTWT’s breeding program has been a particular failure: three of the four elephants born at HTWT’s facilities died before their fourth birthdays.
PETA’s letter to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.