Demand Zoo Stop Offering Elephant Car Washes

Target: Wildlife Safari Executive Director Dan Van Slyke

Goal: Stop Wildlife Safari from offering car washes performed by elephants.

Wildlife Safari, a zoo in Oregon, offers customers a chance at a car wash performed by elephants. It is incredibly cruel and degrading to force these intelligent animals to perform tricks for the entertainment of humans. For a mere twenty-five dollars, customers can have an elephant wash their car while they watch and giggle. While the customer is laughing at the experience, the elephant is under severe stress and constant worry of the bullhook — a long, sharp tool that uses pain to coerce elephants into performing tricks.

Sign this petition and demand the zoo stop offering elephant car washes to customers. Captivity leads to a stressful enough existence for these intelligent and social animals, but forcing them to perform tricks is even more inhumane.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Van Slyke,

It recently came to my attention that your zoo offers elephant car washes to customers. This is a cruel practice and must stop immediately.

Elephants are social, intelligent and curious animals. Captivity on its own causes enough stress for these gentle giants, but forcing them to perform tricks makes it even worse. Furthermore, the use of bullhooks to keep the animals in check during the gimmick is unforgivable. Elephants are not meant to perform tricks for humans. They should be splashing in pools of water, playing with their kin, or roaming fields.

Please stop offering elephant car washes at your zoo. If you truly respect these animals, then you will do the right thing and stop this exploitation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: In Defense of Animals

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7 Comments

  1. Haven’t these companies learned that people don’t want to watch animals as entertainment at the animal’s expense????

  2. ESTO ES OTRA NUEVA LOCURA DE MENTES ESTÚPIDAS PARA SACAR DINERO????? GENTE MISERABLE Y DESGRACIADA,A GOLPES ES QUE ENTRENAN A LOS ELEFANTES PARA PONERLOS A HACER SEMEJANTE ESTUPIDEZ!!!! ESTOS ANIMALES VIVEN EN PRISIÓN, SON TERRIBLEMENTE GOLPEADOS Y LOS PRIVAN CONSTANTEMENTE DE AGUA Y COMIDA. ALTO A ESTOS CRÍMENES DE GENTE IGNORANTE Y ENFERMA MENTAL!!!!

  3. Anne Moeller Anne Moeller says:

    Safaris are meant to be an open area for these majestic animals to roam FREELY not to be forced to do these degrading and painful things for the greedy complanies to make an extra buck. Anne Moeller

  4. Better idea instead of this ‘ask the slave owners to loosen the shackles’ approach is a petition to BAN zoos and circuses altogether……propaganda aside, zoos do not protect animal species……watch the cruel animal euthanasia/dissection videos at the Danish zoo as proof of this…..zoos satisfy human curiosities as well as finance those Carnival Cruise vacations for their owners.

  5. Brenda Denno says:

    How disgustingly cruel! These poor elephants are tortured while people pay money to giggle at them. This “Wildlife Safari” is really a place of horror for the elephants and who knows how many other animals. It should be completely shut down, as should every other zoo as there is ALWAYS abuse involved. Animals should be free.

  6. END THE ELEPHANT CAR WASHES NOW. SANCTUARY FOR THE SACRED ELEPHANTS NOW.

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