Bears, elephants, tigers, and other animals do not volunteer to leave their homelands and families in order to balance on balls, jump through rings of fire, and perform other menial tricks. Send them to a real sanctuary to undo the damages you have done.
Q. It's not a correct statement that the elephants at the CEC [i.e., Center for Elephant Conservation] get to roam and socialize to their heart's content, is it?
A. Well, there's certain constraints that go with that.
Q. For example, when I took your deposition on October 24th, 2007, you told me that the adult female elephants, including Lutzi, Susan, Mysore, Zina and Jewell, are all chained on two legs in a concrete barn from about three in the afternoon until seven o'clock the next morning, isn't that correct?
A. Roughly, yes.
Q. Okay. So they're not free to roam and socialize to their heart's content, right?
A. Not at night.
Q. And you also told me that none of the adult males go out on grass, isn't that correct?
Q. So they're not roaming around in prime meadows at the CEC, are they?
Q. Okay. And in fact, last week you testified that the males, when they get to be about eight years old, are put behind bars at the CEC. Do you remember that testimony?
Gary Jacobson, general manager for Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, Trial Tr. 6:24-7:20, March 9, 2009 am.
"The bullhook is designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to inflict pain and punishment. I should know. I used to make them. I built them to where you can't break them, no matter how hard you hit the elephant." -Sam Haddock