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Urge Without Walls International Church to STOP Elephant Rides

August 25, 2012
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BACKGROUND

In advance of the Republican National Convention, Without Walls International Church is offering elephant rides on its property throughout this weekend. We need your help to ensure that this cruel event is stopped immediately!

Elephants who are used for spectacles like this are barbarically trained behind the scenes so that they are under the constant threat of punishment and remain submissive in public. In video footage, trainers from one animal exhibitor can be seen forcing elephants to perform by shocking them with electric prods in the belly and genital area and striking them with bullhooks—sharp, metal-tipped weapons that resemble fireplace pokers and can leave painful welts, abscesses, and puncture wounds on elephants’ sensitive skin. In the video footage, a baby elephant cries out in pain each time he is hit on the head and jabbed in his sensitive mouth with a bullhook. This is standard industry practice for exhibitors who supply the elephants who are used for these types of promotional events.

The behind-the-scenes beatings continue throughout the elephants’ lives and leave the animals fearful and intimidated, allowing handlers to maintain control over them. Handlers are never without their bullhooks—tools that the elephants associate with pain and that remind them what will happen if they behave in a way the handler doesn’t like.

Please take a moment to write to Bishop Randy White at the Without Walls International Church and urge him to stop the elephant appearance.


WHOM TO CONTACT

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SUBJECT

Please Cancel Elephant Appearance Now


SAMPLE MESSAGE

I am writing to urge you not to support cruelty to animals by having an elephant appear at your church this weekend. Elephants provided by exhibitors for entertainment are beaten behind the scenes with sharp, metal-tipped weapons called “bullhooks” in order to keep the animals fearful in public. Elephants are sensitive, intelligent creatures who are not meant to entertain us.

Animals in this industry endure a lifetime of misery and are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. Besides the blatant cruelty-to-animals issue, the use of elephants for entertainment events also poses serious threats to human safety. Dangerous incidents involving captive elephants have resulted in 15 human deaths and more than 135 injuries to humans since 1990. If elephants feel threatened by loud noises, sudden movements, or unfamiliar settings, there’s no stopping them when they go on a rampage.

Please cancel the elephant rides immediately.


elephants,
gentle in their largesse,
need to be safe
from manunkind
and his mess

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

8 Comments leave one →
  1. linda badham permalink
    August 25, 2012 4:44 pm

    HAVE SENT A LETTER ! I AM SICK TO DEATH OF HEARING ABOUT THE CRUELTY AND ABUSE OF ELEPHANTS LATELY WHETER IT BE IN CIRCUS’S OR IN THE WILD OR ANY PLACE! WHEN EVER IS THIS GOING TO END, I TRULY AM GETTING TO THE STAGE WHEN I WONDER WHAT GODS PLAN IS. THE CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IS RIFE AND I KNOW WE ACTIVISTS WILL KEEP ON DOING WHAT WE CAN BUT THE SUFFERING IS MORE THAN I CAN EVER REMEMBER. THE INHUMANE ROTTEN HEARTLESS COLD EVIL HUMANS NEED TO BE PUNISHED OR WIPED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. ONLY THEN WILL THE ANIMALS LIVE IN PEACE. (I BELIEVE)

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    • August 25, 2012 7:43 pm

      I totally agree, thank you, Linda.

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    • SHIREEN permalink
      August 26, 2012 8:24 am

      WELL SAID YOU ECHO MY FEELINGS EXACTLY.. THE CRUELTY TO THESE ELEPHANTS IS SHOCKING & CRUEL IN THE EXTREME… I SHALL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT MAKES A PERSON WANT TO BE CRUEL & OFTEN BARBARIC IN THE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS.. I WISH THE PEOPLE WHO INFLICT ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS COULD BE PUT ON THE RECEIVING END INSTEAD.. THEY ARE REALLY THE SCUM OF THE EARTH !!!

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  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    August 26, 2012 4:17 am

    elephants,
    gentle in their largesse,
    need to be safe
    from manunkind
    and his mess

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  3. August 27, 2012 12:13 pm

    Email ent and shared in several places sorry i havent been around for abit Stacey my computer had to be fixed it had a real nesty virus but im back and catching up! as for elephants being exploited abused and treated cruely its a cause i fight hard against im going to a protest in Deptford NJ where i live this weds n thurs to protest Cole bro’s circus as they have elephants and tigers and such

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    • August 27, 2012 2:32 pm

      I was wondering where you were! I am so sorry about your computer, but I am so relieved and happy that you are safe and back! Thank you as always, you really are the best. :)

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  4. August 27, 2012 2:12 pm

    It is time to STOP abusing animals because of human ignorance and stupidity. Elephants are not on this earth to entertain humans whe are dum enough doing it all on our own. STOP ABUSING OUR ELEPHANTS and START RESPECTING OUR ANIMALS !!!!

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