Deny Abusive Elephant Entertainment Group’s License Renewal

Target: Brenda Tapia, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Deny license renewal to elephant entertainment group “Have Trunk Will Travel”

The elephant entertainment group “Have Trunk Will Travel” (HTWT) is applying to renew its Captive Bred Wildlife (CBW) permit. The group supplies elephants to circuses, fairs, parades, and advertising agencies, as well as to television and movies. HTWT claims it uses its services for the propagation of Asian elephants, an endangered species. However, Animal Defenders International (ADI), an animal rights non-profit organization, provides footage of HTWT abusing its elephants on the sets of the movies Water for Elephants and Zookeeper.

Methods used to “train” HTWT elephants include electric shock and beatings with bull hooks. The group has not denied these methods or the ADI film footage. Instead, they stand by their actions. The license renewal for which HTWT is applying would allow the group to own, loan, buy, sell and trade elephants for another five years.

As Animal Defenders International points out, Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act states that it is illegal “to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect” endangered species. Since Gary and Kari Johnson, owners of Have Trunk Will Travel, clearly violate this act by openly collecting and harassing members of an endangered species, their license should not be renewed. Join Animal Defenders International and demand that Have Trunk Will Travel be refused a renewed license to keep elephants.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Tapia,

The elephant entertainment group “Have Trunk Will Travel” (HTWT) is attempting to renew its Captive Bred Wildlife (CBW) permit to buy, sell, trade, train, and loan elephants for the next five years. Although the group claims to use its services for the propagation of Asian elephants, an endangered species, they openly abuse their elephants with electric shock and bull hook beatings. These activities have been caught on film by the animal rights non-profit organization Animal Defenders International (ADI) on the sets of two Hollywood movies. HTWT is aware of the footage and stands by its actions.

According to Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act, it is illegal “to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect” endangered species. Gary and Kari Johnson, owners of Have Trunk Will Travel, are clearly in violation of these rules and should not be allowed to train and trade elephants. I urge you to deny them a renewal of their Captive Bred Wildlife permit.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Vinoth Chandar via Wikimedia Commons

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4 Comments

  1. THERE SOULDN’T BE ANY ANIMALS ENTERTAINING ANYWHERE ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE BEING ABUSED AND FORCED INTO IT IT’S A TRAGEDY IT TRUELY IS WHEN WHEN TRAINERS HAVE RESORT TO ABUSE ITS MORE OF A TRAGEDY WHEN SO-CALLED HUMAN BEINGS FEEL THE NEED TO WATCH ANIMALS PERFORM KNOWING WHAT THOSE ANIMALS HAVE TO ENDURE I FOR ONE WOULD WATCH THIS THIS ELEPHANT HAD DONE HIS DUTY I CAN’T FOR THE LIFE OF ME FIGURE OUT WAY ANIMALS HAVE GOT THIS DUTY OR WHY SUCH SUFFERING AND MISERY HAVE BEEN PUT ON THEIR HEADS I BELIVE THEY SOULD MAKE SERIEL KILLERS CHILD AND ANIMAL ABUSERS COLD BLOODED COLD HEARTED HUNTERS DO THIS LET THEM BE TREATED AND ABUSED FOR ENTERTAINMENT THE BASTARDS SOULD BE GOOD FOR SOMETHING BESIDES HURTING OTHER PEOPLE CHILDREN AND ANIMALS

  2. end the harm on all circus animals now.

  3. Deny Abusive Elephant Entertainment Group’s Licence Renewal.Stop Cruelty to These Magnificent Animals.

  4. Sandra Amici says:

    Abolish all circuses and don’t allow them access to any animals for any reason! Animals should not be used for entertainment.

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