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STOP Elephant Abuse!!!

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Since when did riding an Elephant become acceptable? Indiana State Fair should NOT allow such activities to be preformed. PLEASE sign this petition to stop the abuse!!!!

Elephants are NOT supposed to be held in confinement. We are imprisoning them. Just as we do murders. We feed them what we choose, give them specific orders, give them set areas on naviagtion, and even abuse them. It is time to STOP the abuse. 

Cruelty that may not be evident to spectators often occurs behind the scenes in various forms—in abusive training methods used to try to control animals of this size; in chaining them for many hours a day; and in depriving them of social contact with other elephants.

Because of the unnatural environments in which they live, captive elephants often suffer from debilitating foot conditions, arthritis and other ailments.

The confined life of captive elephants is in sharp contrast to that of elephants in the wild, who may walk 30 miles a day and establish life-long bonds.

Some facts about accidents with this issue as follows:

  1. A 6,000-pound Asian elephant named Sue was giving rides to two young children in Utah in 1994 when her trainer accidentally bumped into her. The elephant picked up the trainer, tossed him down, and stepped on him, putting him in critical condition. The children escaped injury.
  2.  An 8,000-pound African elephant, Kenya, was brought in by a contractor to give rides at the Louisville zoo in 1994. She picked up a man with her trunk and threw him to the ground, causing severe injuries. The zoo stopped offering elephant rides after the incident. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which accredits and sets standards for zoos, strongly encourages its members to discontinue public elephant rides in the interest of safety.
  3. In 2006 in Massachusetts, an elephant bumped into two men who were putting children on her back for rides at a travelling zoo; one suffered a broken arm.
  4.  In 2009 in Indiana, an elephant giving rides at a circus became spooked and caused a mobile stairway to collapse, injuring some children.

In addition to being accidents waiting to happen, as this sampling shows, elephant rides pose other health risks.

Elephants are not amusement park rides

We do not put children on mechanical rides without protecting them and requiring standards of safety. Yet we put them on top of 8,000-pound elephants with no protection whatsoever.


Elephants are not amusement park rides. They are wild animals weighing thousands of pounds. Putting children on their backs can be dangerous and teaches nothing about the lives of these magnificent animals in the wild. In the interests of public health and safety as well as animal welfare, please don't ride the elephants.


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