Captive Elephant Apparently Tortured With Bullhooks and Ridden by Humans at Roadside Zoo Must be Freed

Target: Karl Mogensen, owner of Natural Bridge Zoo
Goal: Release Asha (aka “Beautiful”) the elephant to an accredited sanctuary.

Asha the elephant has been imprisoned under torturous conditions her whole life. She is apparently forced to give rides to zoo visitors and is abused by painful bullhooks, all for the zoo’s profit. It is time to rescue this poor elderly elephant.

Recently, Asha was renamed “Beautiful” by the Natural Bridge Zoo, which is imprisoning her in Virginia. It is suspected that the name change was intended to hide the fact that Asha is still being inhumanely imprisoned after all these years of efforts to free her.

Reportedly, the Natural Bridge Zoo has faced numerous investigations regarding the neglect of Asha. She apparently lives in solitary confinement in a tiny enclosure, has received inadequate medical care, and has been forced to endure brutal Virginia winters, which is particularly cruel for an animal from Africa.

Furthermore, Natural Bridge Zoo was apparently fined for six violations of the Animal Welfare Act and was also cited for failing to have Asha under control while providing forced rides to humans.

All in all, Asha’s existence sounds tragic and must be remedied. It is long past time for Asha to be sent to an accredited sanctuary to live out her remaining years in peace.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Karl Mogensen,

Your roadside zoo has kept Asha the elephant long enough. She has made you a lot of money and generated tremendous publicity for your business. It is time to let her go. Please release her to an accredited sanctuary as soon as possible.

Asha has lived a long and hard life. She has apparently been forced to give rides to humans, to live in solitary confinement in a tiny enclosure, has received inadequate medical care, and has been forced to endure brutal Virginia winters, which is particularly cruel for an animal from Africa.

If these allegations are true, Asha’s continued imprisonment in your zoo is terribly inhumane and must be remedied. Please release Asha (aka “Beautiful”) to an accredited sanctuary where she can live out the rest of her life in peace.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Natural Bridge Zoo


63 Comments

  1. Bataille says:

    POUR LA LIBÉRATION DE ASHA. C EST HONTEUX INDIGNE IRRESPECTUEUX DE PROFITER DE CETTE MAGNIFIQUE ELEPHANTE. SA PLACE DOIT ÊTRE DANS UN SANCTUAIRE AUPRÈS DE SES CONGÉNÈRES. UN ÉLÉPHANT DOIT VIVRE EN GROUPE EN TROUPEAU.

  2. Maria Lavorato says:

    Seriously sad and so wrong that these horrific torturous zoos are still allowed to exist!.

    THEY SHOULD ALL BE SHUT DOWN. NO ONE SHOULD GO AND VISIT THEM!

    SHUT THEM ALL DOWN AND FINE THEM FOR EVERY DAY THEY REMAIN OPEN. ANIMAL RIGHTS ASSOCIATION FORCE THEM TO SHUT DOWN!
    ASHA AND ALL THE OTHER ANIMALS DESERVE A FREE HAPPY LIFE WITHOUT TORTURE!!!

  3. Dolores Proubasta says:

    Workers retire; slaves are freed … Please, let this elderly lady know freedom at an accredited Elephant sanctuary where she can hopefully enjoy the last of her life. You don’t want to have to bury an Elephant.

  4. Susan Stamper says:

    Why direct it to the owner? Why not to local, state, and national politicians and agencies?

  5. stop animal cruelty now! says:

    FIRE THAT TOXIC MASCULINITY WASTE THEN ARREST IT AND CHARGE IT WITH FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES-NOW! WE DEMAND AUTHORITIES STOP PRETENDING ANIMALS ARE OURS TO ABUSE-TO DEATH AND START CHARGING THESE PSYCHOPATHS WITH FELONY CHARGES NOW!

  6. Vergie Jurica says:

    What a demon! No human being could torture a helpless animal. Punish this sub-human and free this precious innocent elephant

  7. DEPLORABLE HUMAN BEHAVIOR!!!!!!!! JUSTICE WORLD WIDE MUST PUT A STOP TO ANIMAL CRUELTY NOW!! SEVERE PUNISHMENT IS DECIDEDLY REQUIRED!!!! A LITTLE RETURN THE FAVOR WOULD FIX THIS UP QUITE QUICKLY!!!!

  8. Irene+Ellis says:

    These places of animal torture should all be closed down. They exist strictly for profit & don’t give a damn about the welfare of the poor animals contained in them. Release this lovely elderly elephant at least!.
    I don’t know how they can sleep at nights … they obviously have no conscience.

  9. The bastard owner should be in jail

  10. This is plain out blantant and abhorrent behavior towards this innocent elephant! Arrest this CRIMINAL AND PROSECUTE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW!!! And PLEASE, PLEASE RELINQUISH ASHA TO THE WELL ACCREDITED SANCTUARY AT, “The ELEPHANT SANCTUARY IN TENNESSEE” where she can live the remainder of her life in peace to make her own choices and enjoy nature as God intented!!!!

  11. Free all CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS AND SEND THEM ALL TO SANCTUARIES TO LIVE WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING TORTURED WITH CRUEL INSTRUMENTS!!!!!

  12. Cathy Haney says:

    Hateful people can’t someone just give them a good kicking

  13. FINES!!!? Why am i even shocked?

  14. Patricia Leigh Wicker says:

    FREE THIS POOR ELEPHANT!! I AM HORRIFID AT THIS CRUELTY! PLEASE
    PLEASE HELP HER!!!

  15. Debra Simons says:

    This mammal, Asha or whatever name they are giving her now, this tortured sentient mammal must be released now and the people who have held her prisoner and in captive and tortured her and abused her for all of these years should pay the price. The premium price of what they have done. They deserve capital punishment

  16. Please respect the life of this beautiful Being and give her a happy ending for the rest of her days. Please do the right thing!

  17. Sick-Robbing this Angel of its intended life to be free and with her own kind. The mental and physical anguish of having your natural instincts beat out of you. It is 2022, so the treatment of animals is not by anymeans a secret, so how this is still allowed to continue is yet another atrocity by the hands and minds of Man. Free Asha now as she was meant to be.

  18. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    This poor elephant has had her LIFE taken from her for HUMAN PROFIT. She is elderly now and deserves to live out what remains of her life in peace, in the company of other elephants in a SANCTUARY. PLEASE LET HER GO.

  19. What gives you the right to do this to a majestic elephant – no elephant, in fact no animal should be subjected to this torture . Your actions against Asha are inhumane and using a bullhook on her is not only cruel but injust. Release her now and give her the dignity and life she deserves. AND TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE/OR DO RIDE HER YOU ARE NO BETTER BECAUSE SHE HAS TO SUFFER IMMENSE PAIN BY BEING HIT WITH A BULLHOOK SO THAT SHE COMPLIES JUST SO THAT YOU CAN GET A SELFIE! SHAME ON YOU ALL

  20. What the hell is wrong with these inhuman cretins…. They should be given the same treatment then crucified. Absolutely shameful

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