Target: The Dailley family, owners of African Lion Safari™
Goal: Release elephants from abusive performances and relocate them to on-site reserves
Asian elephants are a highly endangered species held captive at African Lion Safari, where they are forced with bullhooks to perform circus tricks and give rides to tourists. This game reserve is failing in its mission to conserve endangered species, and is instead turning a profit at the animals’ expense. While other animals roam the park’s seven game reserves, this intelligent species is subjected to much of the same treatment that circus elephants suffer. The owners of African Lion Safari must stop this mistreatment and abide by their own mission by relieving the elephants of their performance duties and relocating them to the reserve.
Founded by Don Dailley in Ontario, Canada, the safari park includes a drive-through reserve where visitors can see many animals, from emus to cheetahs to rhinos, up close and roaming freely. In 1971, the park began working with Asian elephants, however they are not on the reserves. Visitors can see elephants only at performances, for rides, or during a brief time they are permitted in the water for a swim.
During performances, handlers prod the elephants with bullhooks, which causes them great amounts of pain. This is how the trainers get the elephants to perform unnatural tricks such as standing on two legs. The cruelty of bullhooks has caused international protest and even resulted in city-wide bans of their use on elephants for circus performances, including a ban unanimously voted for by the Los Angeles City Council.
It may be shocking to visitors that this happens on at African Lion Safari, since they claim on their website to have been working “toward the conservation and preservation of many endangered and threatened species” since its opening.
By signing the petition below, you can help put a stop to this abuse and encourage the owners of African Lion Safari stop exploiting and harming the endangered Asian elephant for profit and relocate them to a reserve.
Dear Dailley Family,
The mistreatment of Asian elephants at African Lion Safari must be stopped. The safari park claims to conserve endangered species, yet it is failing to do so by exploiting this endangered animal and harming it with bullhooks during circus-like performances, as well as by keeping elephants away from the reserve where they could roam.
This is not what visitors want to witness when they go to a reserve. Reserves are meant to protect wildlife, and drawing guests to your establishment under false pretenses is wrong. Bullhooks have been met with international protest due to the harm they cause elephants. This has led to city-wide bans of their use on elephants.
I urge you to stop the use of bullhooks and elephant performances at the safari park, and relocate all Asian elephants to one of your game reserves where visitors may enjoy them as they enjoy the other animals at African Lion Safari – in natural surroundings.
[Your Name Here]
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