Target: South African Minister of Water and Environment Affairs, Edna Molewa
Goal: Close park accused of abuse and torture of young elephants
Animal cruelty charges have been filed against one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, Elephants of Eden. The Elephants of Eden facility trains elephants for the neighboring Knysna Elephant Park. Evidence shows gross mistreatment and abuse of the elephants during training processes, including beatings, starvation, and electric shocks resulting in injury and death.
Recent video evidence shows violent beatings of young elephants at the hands of trainers. During the training process, trainers must assert their dominance over the large mammals with force and intimidation. Some of the methods commonly used involve days of starvation, shocks with cattle prods, and beatings with bull whips. The elephants’ legs are also roped in order to restrict movement, and these restraints can also be used to cause pain to the elephants as a punishment for misbehavior. This process is called “breaking the spirit,” and results in both mental and physical anguish for the intelligent creatures.
Long-term results of this process can be detrimental to the creatures’ health. Swollen legs and feet, infected open wounds, and debilitating abscesses are all common effects of the procedures. This is particularly harmful due to the young age of the animals, and can result in lifelong disability or even death.
It is unfair to sentence these highly intelligent and sentient creatures to a life of abuse and servitude, and it is imperative that this cruel facility be closed immediately in order to prevent further pain and suffering. Your signature on this petition will demand that the Elephants of Eden park be closed immediately.
Dear Ms. Edna Molewa,
Recent evidence has uncovered extreme cruelty towards elephants at South Africa’s Elephants of Eden park. The elephants are being starved, beaten, shocked, and restrained, causing serious and painful injuries such as infected wounds and abscesses. These injuries can progress into permanent problems due to the elephants’ young age, including disabilities and even death.
Elephants are highly intelligent and sentient creatures, and are subjected to painful and torturous procedures during training processes. It is unfair and cruel to subject these endangered creatures to entire lifetimes of servitude in tourist attractions. I demand that the Elephants of Eden training park be closed, and that the elephants kept there be transferred to a sanctuary environment where they can live free lives in their natural habitat.
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