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    Over a year ago

    My home town news’ Facebook posted a segment with ones of the elephants that is going to be giving rides at our county fair. I was the first to comment and said it was terrible that wild animals are even at the far; they deserve to be in the wild.

    At first, my comment got a few likes, but then many people went on to say “these handlers are good and the captivity is humane.” Some even were saying the animals LIKE being able to give people rides and travel to the fairs.

    I tried to explain and linked them to pages with useful information that showed otherwise, but none of them seemed to understand/care.

    Has anyone else encountered a problem like this? How can I lead people to understand without forcing it down their throats?

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    Over a year ago

    Oh, yes I have encountered that problem many times. Interestingly, they usually call me names and how insane it is to listen to PETA or HSUS. I have been called many things, some people even wished me dead, believe it or not. It might make them a little embarrassed to learn that I am actually 16! Unfortunately, in this line of work, you will encounter people who you can try to educate until you are blue in the face, and they will refuse to listen. That doesn’t mean you stop trying though! You never know when you might break through!

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    Over a year ago

    @tofumonster is right. Don’t let them to get to you! Just put the info out there in a polite way and hope they understand. It takes people sometimes a longer time than we’d like to consider an issue, but they eventually will. Stay loud! – Rachelle

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    Over a year ago

    I understand where you’re coming from and how frustrating it is, but I honestly don’t think you can make stubborn and stupid people understand and see something that they are unwilling to. They have to be open to the idea that they’ve been lied to their whole lives and most people just aren’t. The best you can do is try to give them information and hope that it’ll sink in later.

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