Applaud End to Elephant Rides at Renaissance Fair

Target: Organizers of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Goal: Praise decision to stop offering cruel elephant rides.

A renaissance fair has ended elephant rides. According to the he Kansas City Renaissance Festival’s Facebook page, organizers are sensitive to the concerns of patrons, and as a result, they are doing away with their well-known elephant rides. Because of help from rights group Animal Defenders International, elephants will no longer be forced to carry children around for entertainment and for the profit of humans.

Elephants used for rides and in other forms of entertainment suffer greatly during training. They can be chained and kept in isolation for extended periods of time and starved in order to “break their spirits” and ensure compliance during training. They can be beaten with sharp implements known as bullhooks, which are designed to dig under the animals’ thick skin and inflict pain.

Elephants are some of the world’s most intelligent and social creatures. They suffer greatly when they are kept in isolation without companionship, and they are extremely susceptible to the stress that captivity inflicts. This stress can manifest itself in stereotypical behavior such as pacing and self-harm.

This new decision is prioritizing the welfare of animals over profit and entertainment. In an era where more circuses and entertainers are dropping animal acts, this move is in line with recent trends. Sign the petition below to applaud this compassionate move, which will set an example for other circuses and festivals to follow.


Dear Organizers of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival,

Recently, a decision was made to stop offering elephant rides at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Elephants forced to give these rides can be abused from a very young age. They can be starved, chained, and isolated. Trainers use cruel methods to break the spirits of the elephants, including beating them with bullhooks, or sharp, hooked implements designed to break the skin and inflict pain. Elephants facing the stress of isolation and captivity can even resort to self harm.

The decision to cancel elephant rides is in line with many recent decisions by circuses and festivals to ban animal acts. This decision is in line with the changing desires of consumers, who wish to see an end to the for-profit exploitation of animals. We, the undersigned, thank you for listening to consumers and making the compassionate decision to stop offering elephant rides.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. BRAVO!!!!!!!!


  2. Thank you for this decision!

  3. Cindy Casey says:

    Thank you so much for stopping this abuse!❤️❤️

  4. Kathleen Colley says:

    Thank you for your humane and compassionate decision to cease elephant rides at the Kansas Renaissance Fair. Hopefully your actions will encourage other fairs and circuses to do the same and end all abuse of elephants in America. Thank you from Australia.

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