GRASS VALLEY, CA July 29, 2013 – Elephants supplied for rides at next week's Nevada County Fair have been filmed by Animal Defenders International (ADI) being beaten and electric shocked with stun guns by their owners, Have Trunk Will Travel, during training. ADI will be present at the Fair's Free Speech zones, warning the public and asking that they do not pay for the elephant rides.
Jan Creamer, ADI President: "We are appealing to the public not to pay to ride abused elephants. Paying for the rides pays for this appalling and unacceptable cruelty. We believe that once people see how these animals suffer behind the scenes, they will not endorse such behavior."
ADI's undercover investigation of HTWT, taken over an eight week period, resulted in nearly 10 hours of footage and shows elephants being repeatedly beaten and electric shocked with stun guns during routine handling and training. Nine minutes of footage has been made available online, providing an overview of the key acts of violence, including 168 hooks, hits, jabs and electric shocks: http://bit.ly/ADI-HTWTInvestigation.
ADI also released a video about the suffering behind the rides, "No Fun for Elephants," with award-winning TV legend Bob Barker, who observes: "To many, it looks like harmless fun, but elephants pay a heavy price for the few minutes of entertainment they provide when giving rides. Isn't it especially tragic when animals are suffering and being abused simply to entertain us?"
After seeing ADI's footage, residents of Grass Valley and surrounding areas were outraged to learn that HTWT's elephant rides would be offered at this year's fair. Ignoring the concerns of the public and the evidence presented, however, the Board chose to maintain their elephant ride contract.
From Wednesday, August 7th through Sunday, August 11th, ADI Campaigns Director Matt Rossell will join local supporters at the Fair to inform the public of the behind-the-scenes abuse, distributing leaflets and showing ADI's video footage.
What: Elephant ride outreach at the Nevada County Fair
When: August 7, 2013 through August 11, 2013, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm each day
Where: The Nevada County Fair Free Speech Zones
11228 McCourtney Rd.
Grass Valley, CA
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