PETA Statement: No Elephant Rides at San Diego County Fair This Year

For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2014

PETA is popping champagne corks today to celebrate the news that Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) will not offer cruel and unsafe elephant rides at this year’s San Diego County Fair. HTWT, which has provided the rides for years, has been caught on video beating elephants with sharp metal-tipped bullhooks and shocking them with electric prods. When not forced to perform under threat of punishment, the elephants with HTWT spend the majority of their lives chained so tightly that they can take only a single step in any direction. PETA encourages people never to attend a circus, fair, or other event where elephants are forced to perform.

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