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Rally to End Cruel Elephant Rides!

  • Jun 12, 2011 · 12:00 PM
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Organizers of the San Diego County Fair are planning to have elephant rides provided by the company Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), despite evidence that the company abuses elephants. In video footage [] recently released by Animal Defenders International, trainers with HTWT can be seen forcing elephants to "perform" by shocking them with electric prods in the belly and genital area and striking them with bullhooks—sharp metal-tipped weapons resembling fireplace pokers that can leave painful welts, abscesses, and puncture wounds on elephants' sensitive skin.

In response to this, we've organized a protest of the fair this Sunday. Here are the details:

What: Protest against cruel elephant rides
When: Sunday, June 12, 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. (You're encouraged to stay for as long as you can.)
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar (Please meet at the intersection of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and Via De La Valle; see this map.) []

RSVP here on Facebook or if you have questions, please call Ronnie at[masked]-5566. All materials will be provided.

If you can't attend the protest, please take a moment to write to Rebecca Desmond, acting director of the Division of Fairs and Expositions, and Barry Nussbaum, president of the Board of Directors for the 22nd District Agricultural Association, to urge them to immediately suspend the elephant rides at the San Diego County Fair while fair staff conduct an internal investigation.

Click here to send an e-mail to them now. []

Thanks for all that you do for animals!

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    Contact Julie if you'd like to carpool to Del Mar for this rally on Sunday. [masked]

    June 10, 2011

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