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Sign this petition to show your support for a ban on elephant ride attractions in the United States.

Elephants are not domesticated in the sense that dogs and cats have become [1], and they are certainly not being treated with the same love and compassion pets are given.

The elephant trade has attracted its fair share of illegal activity. Poachers capture and sell elephants to the tourism industry hoping to make money using the animals as attractions. The process to break and train an elephant for riding often involves brutal methods, much worse than a horse would experience [2].

Sadly, many people are not above paying for the "entertainment" of riding abused and broken elephants. In 2016, an elephant died of heart attack and heat stroke while carrying passengers around Angkor Wat, Cambodia [3]. In 2006 in Massachusetts, two men were putting children on an elephant's back when the animal bumped them, breaking one man's arm. In 2009 in Indiana, a frightened circus elephant knocked over a mobile stairway, injuring several children [4].

There are too many other stories of terror and tragedy to name. And none of them would have occurred had restrictions against riding elephants been in place. Thankfully, public opinion toward elephant rides is shifting, and governments are taking notice.

Public comments left on the travel review site TripAdvisor show how unpopular elephant ride attractions are becoming [5]. More and more organizations, and even countries, are banning the business as well. Botswana put an end to elephant rides near the end of 2016 [6], while several dozen tourism companies, including UI Nederland, Intrepid Travel, Apollo, Albatros Travel, and World Expeditions have stopped working with businesses that sell elephant rides and shows [7].

In January 2016, international travel agency Thomas Cook dropped elephant rides and shows from its entertainment options after over 175,000 people signed a petition calling for the change [8].

Some have taken a hardline stance against elephant rides, but the World Society of the Protection of Animals maintains that highly endangered Asian elephants and other elephant species face greater threats today because of the tourism industry's promotion of these attractions. A demand for elephants means business for poachers [9], further endangering their survival.

Elephant exploitation is not concentrated in a single country, or even continent. Mistreatment of these animals has led to deaths in India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe, while more than half the animals were found to have suffered from abusive treatment and extreme restraint [10].

To let this cruel elephant exploitation continue in the United States is nothing more than privately sanctioned torture. End the suffering today. Sign the petition and save the elephants!

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Dear Secretary of the USDA,

Elephants are forced into cruel and torturous exhibitions nearly every day in the United States, and the citizens of this country implore you bring that to an end.

Elephants are wild animals, and while some have shown a great capacity for tolerance and compassion for humans, there are countless more who have been whipped into compliance by ruthless training methods. And once subjugated to work in a roadside attraction, they face an even worse fate.

In 2016, an elephant named Sambo collapsed and died of heart attack and heat stroke while carrying passengers around At Angkor Wat, in Cambodia. In 2006 in Massachusetts, two men were putting children on an elephant's back when the animal bumped them, breaking one man's arm. In 2009 in Indiana, a frightened elephant knocked over a mobile stairway, injuring several children at a circus.

There's no questioning the fact that this massive animals are just as dangerous as they are vulnerable to exploitation and overwork.

There are too many other stories of terror and tragedy to name. And none of them would have occurred had restrictions against riding elephants been put in place.

The tide of public opinion is shifting, and people are voicing their distaste for elephant rides and other cruel attractions. A number of tourism companies have even refused to work with businesses that profit from elephant tours and circuses.

There is no reason to allow this torture to continue. I demand you ban elephant rides in the United States immediately.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 26, 2018 Jenny Zimmermann
Apr 26, 2018 Patricia Patino
Apr 26, 2018 Laurie Mcdougall
Apr 26, 2018 Dana Heuer
Apr 26, 2018 Pam Taylor
Apr 26, 2018 Jacob Laufer
Apr 26, 2018 Marina Bradburn
Apr 26, 2018 Ann King
Apr 26, 2018 Karen Alligood
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Betty Campbell
Apr 26, 2018 Lisa Collins
Apr 26, 2018 Olena Iurchenko
Apr 26, 2018 Tricia Schoenborn
Apr 26, 2018 Darlene Barton
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Emma Price
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed) Dear Secretary of the USDA: Please ban elephant rides in the US. Thank you.
Apr 26, 2018 Grizel Hernandez
Apr 26, 2018 Tiziana Bagarotto
Apr 26, 2018 Angela Torreano
Apr 26, 2018 Theresa Nix
Apr 26, 2018 Melissa Hurst
Apr 26, 2018 Aline Camargo
Apr 25, 2018 Monica Jones
Apr 25, 2018 Leona Aguon We should be educating tourists on elephants not encouraging them to abuse them for entertainment
Apr 25, 2018 lalani jones Please stop abusing these gentle giants
Apr 25, 2018 Cristine Valencia Please stop this! Elephants are special majestic animals and deserve respected. Stop abusing them and stop riding them! Unbelievable people who do this !
Apr 25, 2018 Debbie Light This is abuse of Gods creation
Apr 25, 2018 Christine Trela
Apr 25, 2018 Isabel Tomassini
Apr 25, 2018 Stephanie Gleason
Apr 25, 2018 Keiko Swanberg
Apr 25, 2018 Judy Bair
Apr 25, 2018 Yamila Price
Apr 25, 2018 Sherry Sampson
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2018 Lauren Carroll
Apr 25, 2018 Corie Hays
Apr 25, 2018 MICHAELA HODALOVA
Apr 25, 2018 Karina Maldonado
Apr 25, 2018 KARI NICKLAUS
Apr 25, 2018 Erica Cortez
Apr 25, 2018 Kristine Frailing
Apr 25, 2018 Sandy Shea This elephant abuse has gone on way too long for these innocent animals. It needs to stop now.
Apr 25, 2018 Chrystal Blais
Apr 25, 2018 Cheryl Ciampini
Apr 25, 2018 Rosa Motta
Apr 25, 2018 Elisabeth Yost
Apr 25, 2018 Bailey Arnold

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