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Stop Elephant Rides in Santa Ana!

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Posted March 24, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

That’s right … elephant rides.


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Elephants used by the company Have Trunk Will Travel, which provides the rides at the Santa Ana Zoo, were wild-caught in Southeast Asia where baby elephants are routinely separated from their frantic mothers and beaten until their spirits are broken. Companies like Have Trunk Will Travel train these elephants using ropes, bullhooks (tools resembling a fireplace poker), and electric prods. Trainers strike the elephants in the most sensitive areas of their skin—behind the ears, on the legs, and on the trunk—so that the animals will perform tricks and obey commands under the threat of punishment.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

E-mail Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, Santa Ana Zoo Manager Kent Yamaguchi, and Friends of Santa Ana Zoo Executive Director Cathi Decker and ask them to immediately end the cruel elephant rides at the Santa Ana Zoo.

Stay loud!
-Rachel


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  • 1532 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yes lets stop elephant rides. it hurts the elephants

  • 1596 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WHAT!!!! Y DO THEY HAV 2 HURT THESE HARMLESS CREATURES !!!!!!!!!!! D:

  • 1597 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think that is so cruel and it shouldnt be allowed.

  • 1597 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Let the elephant ride you!

  • 1601 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Elephants deserve respect too!!

  • 1602 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    STOP THE ELEPHANT RIDES ,SHAME!!
    Giovanna
    Italia

  • 1603 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is nearly worse than killing the animals. Instead they are bullied into a tormented life

  • 1605 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I really pity these poor animals. When are these cruel people going to stop torturing these animals. These people are heartless, cruel and very uneducated. I appreciate all you are doing to stop this. I wish I could do more.

  • 1606 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I commend you in your efforts and daily practice of one more example of bullying, one that not many acknowledge, or talk about. It’s always refreshing to see humans turning into tormentors and thorns upon the weak and the defenseless. Nothing like seeing “mature” “professional” “educated” and “spiritual” human beings lower themselves into savage entities and evil little demons.
    Yours truly,
    Lord SATAN.

  • 1606 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think like many that it is absolutely barbaric to treat these poor animals the way you do. How would you like it if you were forced to act a certain way and get poked and hurt during the process?! They have feelings just like us, they are vulnerable animals who have done nothing wrong yet you use and abuse them like you do. If treated with respect and care they are more likely to conform, being mean is no way forward. There are however alot of other things you can do to attract tourists and using animals is not it! Believe me, I and many others will not be funding this awful business!!!

  • 1606 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    STOP THE ELEPHANT RIDES!!!! would you like someone riding you around all day????????? So just stop stupid people.

  • 1607 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I disagree on using animals for any sort of entertainment whether it is for children or adults. Animals are live creatures and they belong in their natural environment where they thrive. In captivity they suffer specially when they are used as toys not to mention tortured to obey.

  • 1607 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Human beings still do not understand that life is one. Not respecting the life of the elephants is not respecting his own life.

  • rui

    1608 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s so “funny” to watch an elephant performing tricks, isn’t it? Well, just think about the bullhooks, ropes, electric prods, etc.,and maybe you’ll stop laughing like an idiot.

  • 1608 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    gli uomini non possono continuare a maltrattare gli animali
    Sono una vergogna
    Vincenzo
    Italia

  • 1609 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    would you like to be ridden on by some random person , who picks on you stabs and whips you just for there entertaimnment ,so that they canl ive ther life and make money .iunderstand that people; need to make money but, theres so many differnt non cruel ways,that can and need to be taken!

  • 1609 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    well what i would like to say goes a little like this:
    would you like to be ridden on by some evil person,that is also poking you and provoking you to perform tricks and entertain others or else youd be punished and would not be fed?!

  • 1609 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    he who does not like an animal is a shadow of his soul. We must do everything and say everything to leave behind a world less cruel, then explain to all who understood nothing like this big idiot above

  • 1609 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Totally shitty people. Should have only been animals on the planet.

  • 1609 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Stop this crap now!!!!!

  • 1609 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I use to live close to this zoo. Glad to hear that they are stopping it. It’s long overdue !

  • 1609 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    End this now!

  • 1609 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This has just got to stop right now.

  • 1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Stop T

  • 1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Elephants are very intelligent and social animals. It is very disturbing to hear of any abuse that these gentle giants may suffer. Please stop abusing them. I will not support any circus or zoos that promote this sort of thing. In a perfect world, these wild animals would be living in the wild as they were meant to be.

  • 1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That elephant… You can see the sadness in it’s eyes!

  • 1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    lease stop abusing our elephants. Don’t support any circus or zoos who have this inhumane side show going on. God made these animals to be wild and not to be used as pack animals.

  • 1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Elephants never 4get!!!

  • 1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Stop the Rides! Do you honestly think the elephant likes doing that? He is imprisoned and forced into slave labor.

  • pam

    1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    “For evil to succeed, it just takes good people to do nothing” How true is that!

    Interesting that Edmonton Zoo still maintain how Lucy the elephant ‘is a very nice elephant’, ask her how she likes isolation from other elephants in a cold environment all for the entertainment of those good people who pay zoo entrance fees.

  • 1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please stop this abuse of elephants. They do not exist for our pleasure or for some capitalists to make money from abusing them. It is sheer madness and will serve to bring only negative publicity to Santa Ana.

  • 1610 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Enough is enough with the out and out cruelty to which we has humans subject on animals; not a one of which would hurt us for “entertainment” purposes. It is disgusting and despicable. Know that you will answer to a higher power when you leave this world and one who does not take kindly to the toture of innocents.

  • Len

    1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is yet another example of the abuse of animals. We can do something to stop it. Don’t take part, but congregate and criticise allowed where ever we see it. Firstly though we must look seriously at becoming vegetarian and refuse to eat, wear or have anything to do with animal products. Its so easy to do when you check it out. We are all bombarded with propaganda from self interested groups in pushing their products. We can stop it all, and it doesn’t take very much effort at all. Check it out……. As someone once said “For evil to succeed, it just takes good people to do nothing” Wadayareckon?

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    So sad and unnatural

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What inner “thing” makes humans see animals as objects to be used? All animals have feelings. No less the elephant. Great creatures! Intelligent; sensitive; and very loving… if you show them love.
    Using them for “entertainment” is horrible.
    We need to allow all elephants to live their own life as they wish. Just as we humans wish to live.

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    mommys and daddys are for piggyback rides, not elephants!

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please stop elephant rides..There are many other ways to enjoy yourself without subjecting an animal to this !!!!!!!

  • Ed

    1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please stop this abuse of elephants. They do not exist for our pleasure or for some capitalists to make money from abusing them. It is sheer madness and will serve to bring only negative publicity to Santa Ana.

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THIS KIND OF CRUELTY HAS TO STOP FOR ELEPHANTS AND ALL WILD ANIMALS.
    STOP ELEPHANT RIDES NOW. THIS IN TURN WILL END CEMENT CONFINEMENT AND BULL HOOKS USED FOR THESE GREAT ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY. STOP NOW. NO MORE ELEPHANT RIDES. PLEASE. ITS SUCH TORTURE FOR THESE GREAT CREATURES. AND YOU DON’T SEEM TO CARE. THIS IS CRUELTY AND TORTURE AND PAIN TO MAKE AN ELEPHANT LIVE IN CONFINED CONDITIONS AND BE BULL HOOKED DAILY, JUST SO SOME INHUMANE HUMAN CAN TAKE A RIDE?????STOP IT NOW.

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please stop the mistreatment of these magnificent animals they are not here for people to abuse until they are so weak they give up on life all together they belong in the wild with there own kind make there lives happy not sad please x

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ride in a car NOT on animals, race cars NOT animals.

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Animals aren´t toys, they hace feelings just like us. We have to protect our environment, instead of destroying it. The universe is changing and only the ones who have respect for it would stay.

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please stop the elephant rides. Thank you.

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i agree w/jay, crude tho it b, ’tis 2 tru!!!

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please stop the elephant rides!

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    leave the animals in the wild where they belong how happy would we be in their world.

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Zoos are supposed to be places for conservation not exploitation.

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is so cruel! I remember even as a small child a visiting circus was offering elephant rides and I remember refusing because the look on the elephant’s face was just utter sadness.

  • 1611 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Rachel is Hot! Can we friend her on Facebook? :)

  • 1613 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    look at the elephants eyes {sad}
    would you like to walk around carring two people around when the child probley kicking in screaming half the time ugh people make me mad

  • 1613 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i was on one once,Yeah it’s not good for them

  • 1619 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THIS HAS GONE TO FAR FOR TO LONG LETS STRAP CHAFING SADLES TO THE PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM CARY LARD ASSES AROUND IN CURCLES ALL DAY LONG NON STOP!!!!!!!

  • 1620 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    what u guys are dooing is wrong those sadles are most likly very very uncomfterable for the elephants ands bet they r very tired by the end of the day and have to do it again the next day :(

  • 1620 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The elephant looks thrilled to death to carry that fat lazy ass and her inbred kid..yes rude and I don’t care!

  • 1621 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is pure animal cruelty! This should be stopped at once. The truth is that us humans are extremly greedy, we take many things away from animals. We take take away their homes, their hardwork(when they produce food), and know we take away their lives. It is not okay to use animals for our amusment we already have many objects to entertain us. This has gone to far, This must stop!!!

  • 1622 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    End the cruel elephant rides at the Santa Ana Zoo!
    Elephants dont derserve this! They want to be set free, loved, and with their family just like we do! What makes us so special. Look at it this way… Its like human trafficing…

  • 1622 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    @jay: LOL!
    And this is very wrong, animals aren’t property or to be used in any way! TERRIBLE PEOPLE!

  • 1623 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What you are doing is very wrong!!!!!

  • 1623 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s so terrible.. wild animals belong in the wild! they were not created for humans amusement or humans urge to do evil.. I sure hope it can be stopped!

  • 1623 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awww make me sad why dont you

  • 1623 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    omg, when i rode elephants with my grandma once, the elephant collapsed and we both fell off. the elephant soon died. we were so sad :(

  • jay

    1623 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    In this picture, which is the elephant? Sorry I know that was rude.

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