(ACTIVISM) LOS ANGELES, CA — Longtime animal rights activist Bob Barker has teamed up with Animal Defenders International (ADI)  for a new nationwide campaign against elephants giving rides and making appearances at public events. The former host of the Price is Right has narrated a DVD entitled No Fun For Elephants, which showcases undercover footage of elephant treatment and abuse. This DVD is a central part of ADI’s crusade and is being mailed to event organizers across the United States. Read on to learn more about this movement and check out the video of No Fun For Elephants. — Global Animal
Barker waves as he meets Lucy the elephant. Photo Credit: Ian Jackson, Associated Press
Barker waves as he meets Lucy the elephant. Photo Credit: Ian Jackson, Associated Press
Animal Defenders International
Bob Barker Spearheads New ADI Campaign to End Elephant Suffering at Fairs

February 28, 2013, LOS ANGELES, CA – Animal Defenders International (ADI) has launched the first nationwide initiative in the United States about the use of elephants giving rides or making appearances at public events.  At the heart of the campaign is a new DVD narrated by Emmy award winning TV host Bob Barker entitled ‘No Fun For Elephants,’ featuring harrowing undercover footage from inside elephant training facilities in California, as well as abuse of an elephant on tour by a Texas-owned company.

Bob Barker introduces the video, “To many, it looks like harmless fun, but elephants pay a heavy price for the few minutes of entertainment they provide when performing in circus shows, giving rides, or making appearances at parades, weddings or other events.  Most of us marvel at the majesty of wild animals and I can understand why people want to see animals like elephants up close.  But isn’t it especially tragic when animals are suffering and being abused simply to entertain us?”

The video includes ADI undercover footage showing elephants supplied for rides, appearances and other events by Have Trunk Will Travel of Perris, CA and Trunks & Humps of Conroe, TX, being beaten and electric shocked during training and handling, behind the scenes.  The same trainers are then shown controlling the elephants as they give rides and make appearances at parades.

The ‘No Fun For Elephants’ DVD is being mailed to event organizers across the U.S., including board members of county fairs, renaissance fairs and organizers of town parades, urging them to adopt a humane ‘no elephant rides or performances’ policy, in view of the suffering these animals endure.  ADI also highlights the risks to public safety by the way that just lightweight rope, tape or fencing is used to contain these large and stressed animals, while they are in public. The video is also available online  http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=3034&ssi=11.

Elephant rides have recently been abandoned by several events, after viewing ADI evidence, including Orange County and Los Angeles County Fairs, the city of Fountain Valley, CA, and Santa Ana Zoo. ADI is confident that if event organizers are given the facts and understand the cost to the animals, they will say “no” to the suffering.

Jan Creamer, ADI President: “We believe that once people see how these animals suffer behind the scenes, they will not endorse such cruelty.  We realize an elephant walking around a small enclosure giving rides looks like a bit of harmless fun, but it takes a vicious training regime to get these wild animals to be so quiet and compliant in public.  We know that event organizers will be shocked and will agree that these rides and appearances bring shame on their event.”

As Bob Barker concludes: “It really isn’t harmless fun, and it’s time it stopped.”

More Animal Defenders International: http://www.ad-international.org

ADI has also exposed the mistreatment of elephants on movie sets (viewer discretion advised): http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=2119&ssi=7

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9 COMMENTS

  1. rep;ying to you is like talking to a door but I feel the care of these marvlous animals by most handlers is far better than the life they would have living in the "wild" being protected from the pochers for one and not the need to travel miles for food or water I think they are really pampered and the ones that preform or are ride animals are the special ones
    one only needs to really spend some time around them to really appreciate how special they are

  2. So get this…. Bob Barker is against animals in captivity and against the guide tool….and there he is…WITH the elephants he's against, and with a handler who uses the USDA approved guide tool. NOTHING wrong with the guide tool, like a carpenters hammer, if used properly and for the intended purpose there isn't the slightest harm. BOB BARKER….stop helping the animal rights fund raising scams! Most circus elephants are loved and well cared for. Don't believe the baloney you see posted on the internet!

  3. This is horrible and these so called "trainers" are just evil sick people! HOW can this not be animal abuse? They should be charged with something! If I was an elephant being treated this way, I would no doubt be one of those that you see on When Animals Attack… who can blame them? PLEASE this has GOT to stop! Do not support any Circus, Carnivals, private rentals(for parades, weddings, childrens parties)or watch and support any movie with elephants(or any captive wild animals)! If you do, YOU are as guilty as this sick beings! Disgusted!