Nevada County Fairgrounds: Please choose to not have elephant rides at the 2013 fair
  • Petitioned Sandy Woods and The 17th District Agricultural Association

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Sandy Woods and The 17th District Agricultural Association

Nevada County Fairgrounds: Please choose to not have elephant rides at the 2013 fair

    1. Megan Negri
    2. Petition by

      Megan Negri

      Nevada City, CA

Elephants are majestic, intelligent creatures that don't belong at a county fair giving child after child a ride. For an elephant to become well trained, trainers employ a method called the crush. As young elephants, they are torn from their mothers and entrapped in a small confine, then ritualistically abused with bullhooks and bamboo sticks spiked with nails, as well as starved, deprived of sleep and worse, to crush their spirits and become submissive to humans. Their spines cannot support the weight of people. Carrying people on their backs all day can lead to permanent spinal injuries. 

            Their trainers carry bull-hooks and electric prods in order to hurt the animal into doing what they want. The animals learn that there is nothing they can do but submit. Their spirits are broken and they are then destined to a short life filled with pain and sorrow.

             Elephants are a lot like humans. Elephants are very intelligent and self-aware. They are born with more brain mass then body weight.They socialize, have families and friends, feel pain, sorrow, happiness, grieve for their dead and more. They live their lives essentially in solitary confinement at some camps. This isn't a fair life for them. Captive elephants are only several generations removed from the wild, unlike horses who have been bred for thousands of years for work.

            By signing this petition you are showing your support and telling the board of directors that this is a terrible decision and we won't support it.

 

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    • Terry Armstrong GRASS VALLEY, CA
      • 11 months ago

      No animal should be abused in any way.

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    • Terry Armstrong GRASS VALLEY, CA
      • 11 months ago

      It wasn't clear to me that the animals were actually being abused in the video, although they were being trained by old school punishment/reward methods, which I do not agree with. The trainer did not appear to be striking them violently, except in the one instance when trying to force the elephant to raise it's one leg. Elephants do verbalize loudly when irritated, so when the elephant "screams" I'm not convinced it was in pain, more likely it was angry or frustrated. That being said, it is heartbreaking that they are "forced" to do tricks at all.

      I have worked as a Zoo volunteer, as a vet assistant and as a breeder of show dogs. I love animals and now live quietly in Grass Valley with my pets and the local wildlife.

      I do graphic design and photography for a living and would be happy to donate my time for a good cause such as protecting elephants.

      Terry

      http://americanriverphotographyanddesign.com

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    • cheryl pitts WOODLAND, CA
      • 11 months ago

      21st century..this is not okay anymore

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    • Claudia Grant UKIAH, CA
      • 11 months ago

      I consider this cruelty to animals....leave them in the wild!

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    • Vicki Amaral UKIAH, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Just leave the poor creatures alone!! Only takes one pissed-off elephant to cause major damage!

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