Tell Davis County Fair Utah doesn't want elephant rides!

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Tell Davis County Fair Utah doesn't want elephant rides!

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Rachelle Fernandez started this petition to jackie biskupski and

Ever year Davis County has a county Fair (Davis County Fair), and last year Davis County Fair hosted elephant rides. A video was released of an elephant "trainer" hitting an elephants legs while a family was riding on the elephant's back.

Davis county Fair also has a show where the elephants contort their bodies in unnatural positions so the people of Davis County Fair can be entertained for an evening.  Seen here and on their instagram.
It has long been proven there are no ethics in elephant riding. Many times elephant "trainers" are not educated in veterinarian science or in the animal they are in charge of. Almost all of these elephant riding companies create a fake background story to make their customers feel less guilty about riding on their beaten backs. 

These elephants are captured by "mahouts" digging giant holes in the jungles of India, Vietnam, and Thailand. If the elephant doesn't die from their fall into the pit they are forced to endure suffering beyond their comprehension. How these "trainers" get these wild animals to perform tricks or give rides is by means of violence. Electrocuted, whipped, and starved into submission. But that's not the biggest trauma these elephants endure. The separation from their family and other elle's is the most traumatic thing humans can do to a living thing. Especially an emotional depth and familial animal like elephants.  "World Animal Protection researchers assessed 3,000 elephants and found that more than three quarters were living in "severely cruel" conditions. Many were bound with chains less than 3m long and were forced to stand on concrete floors close to loud roads, crowds, and music." (BBC)

-6 Facts About Elephant Families
-Elephants Suffer From PTSD

Not only is this practice brutal, unethical, inhumane and completely unnecessary. It's dangerous for your children (see this article by The Sun). This isn't happening in Thailand or Vietnam. This is happening here in our backyard. Tell Davis County Fair NO MORE ELEPHANT RIDES. 

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