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Caught on Tape: Elephants Shocked and Beaten!

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Posted May 10, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

Video footage just released by Animal Defenders International shows trainers with Have Trunk Will Travel—the company that provides elephants for rides at the Santa Ana Zooas they strike elephants with sharp metal-tipped bullhooks and shock them with electric prods. PETA has filed multiple complaints against this Have Trunk Will Travel, and we’ve repeatedly urged Santa Ana officials to end the rides. But so far, the zoo has refused.

Movie star electric shocked from Animal Defenders on Vimeo.

The owners of Have Trunk Will Travel, which rents out elephants for movies and commercials and uses elephants in any other way that can gain its owners a buck, have defended using bullhooks, which can leave painful welts, abscesses, and puncture wounds, and have indicated that electric prods are a useful training tool. Elephants who would never do headstands or balance on pedestals—if given a choice—quickly learn to obey or suffer the painful consequences.

Please tell Santa Ana officials to stop supporting abuse like that seen on the video by discontinuing dangerous and cruel elephant rides!

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  • 2038 days ago

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    Arrrgggg!!! Stupid people! What kind of zoo is that??? The zoo’s purpose is to provide endangered species with what they need to survive, not beat them up for entertainment!!!

  • 2038 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please elephants fall on these people and crush them.

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