Stop Forcing Animals To Perform At Penn State
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On March 25th, a Penn State organization brought a six ton, 45 year old captive elephant named Beulah to our campus. As an animal sciences major at Penn State, it is outrageous that our school would use thousands of dollars of our tuition to promote the abuse and exploitation of wild animals in captivity.
The company who provided the elephant, R.W. Commerford & Sons, has a long history of citations from the USDA for failure to provide animals with proper vet care, failure to provide proper feeding, and failure to maintain a suitable home for the animals.
This poor elephant was shipped to Penn State on truck for a five hour trip each way. She was then forced to stand for several hours in a confined area. (Elephants typically walk up to 30 miles per day in the wild.) Despite needing over 60 gallons of water per day, she had no access water and was fed an unnatural diet consisting of doughnuts and marshmallows. She was poked with sharp bullhooks to force her closer to gawking spectators.
This is not the first time Penn State has sponsored such abuse. These animals are brought here for no educational or other beneficial reason; they are brought here solely for entertainment purposes. If these animals get loose or out of control, the results can be devastating to both people and property. This will likely result in having the animal shot and killed.
Beulah deserves better than this. President Barron, Penn State is better than this. We are calling on the university to change their policies to ban animals from being brought to campus for entertainment purposes.
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