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  • Petitioned Deborah Olson

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Director
Deborah Olson

International Elephant Foundation: Stop supporting known animal abuser Have Trunk Will Travel.

    1. Petition by

      Circus Protest

An article released in The San Diego Union-Tribune on June 4, 2013 revealed two elephants, Rosie and Tai, forced to perform tricks at Dog Beach in Del Mar, California. The purpose of this stunt was to promote a fundraiser that Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), a business that enslaves elephants for the purpose of entertainment, is conducting in support of the nonprofit International Elephant International Elephant Foundation, which conducts research, conservation, and captive breeding programs, provided the newspaper with a statement of support of HTWT in exchange for HTWT’s potential $5,000 donation. Deborah Olson, executive director of the International Elephant Foundation (IEF) is purported by the paper to have claimed that HTWT is known for their “positive reinforcement techniques”.

A claim that HTWT elephants dance, sit, and perform other menial tricks as a result of positive reinforcement is entirely false. Hidden video footage captured by Animal Defenders International revealed HTWT elephants being beaten with bullhooks and repeatedly shocked with electric prods.  A baby elephant was caught on film crying out in pain upon being hooked in the lip, and other elephants bellowing out in pain as a result of being jabbed or having their tusks sawed. It is unimaginable that any organization that genuinely cared about the well being of elephants would find this type of abusive treatment “positive reinforcement,” much less morally acceptable. HTWT does not hide the fact that they actively abuse animals. In fact, HTWT have opposed legislation prohibiting the use of bullhooks and electric prods on elephants. 

We find it morally reprehensible that a nonprofit whose goal is to care for elephants and their survival would speak out in support of a business that uses and abuses elephants for profit and accept donations from them. Until IEF withdraws support for HTWT, we ask that you do not support IEF and that you sign the petition letting Deborah Olson of IEF know that the abuse of elephants will not be tolerated for any level of profit.


Adam Sugalski and Carrie LeBlanc
Circus Protest


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    Reasons for signing

    • kim boggan NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      These "trainers" are on film doing all this stuff. What is the consequences to them?

    • Angelica Gabriela Brito Capon QUERéTARO, MEXICO
      • about 1 month ago

      porque no los dejan tran quilos estosdesgraciados quelespasa ya bastaaaa de tanta crueldad hay que parar esto no SEVALE amigos ellos mercen ser libres y claro que firmo malditos que les hagan lo mismo a ellos para que hagan loque la gente quiera pero que se puede esperar de gente asi hay que parar esto no es justo que estopase es realmenteindignante malditos como los abligan hacer esto no es posibleque barbaros malditos cirque ros ojala y les pongan un alto ya basta porfavor hqay que ayudarlos

    • kathleen Sage SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      "Compassion", a very human trait. What happened to it at Have Trunk Will Travel. Release these elephants ,Please!!

    • melissa roman SAN FERNANDO, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      It's bizarre what people do for "entertainment", this is so sad.

    • Marianne Liekens LOMMEL, BELGIUM
      • 2 months ago

      Dieren zijn mijn leven en liefde*als iemand bewust een dier mishandeld en dood mag die meten de hel in BARBAAR***


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