Animal Activists Try to Keep Elephants Out of County Fair

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As of now, elephants are coming to the Nevada County Fair.

The measure was approved by the county board on April 23, 2013.

Video from the Animal Defenders International allegedly shows Have Trunk Will Travel abusing elephants – the same company responsible for the elephants coming to the fair.

Since the video resurfaced, there’s been community opposition to the elephant rides being offered at the fair.

Earlier this month, there was a meeting where the board said their decision is final.

Now there’s another push, hoping this time the Nevada County Board will listen.

“We will respond with many many voices; to try to convince them that these elephants don’t belong at our fair, our fair is an agricultural fair,” said Shelley Frost, Program Manager for the Center for Animal Protection & Education and a Nevada County resident.

Frost is organizing a meeting scheduled for the public July 1. It will happen at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley.

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  • lacofortwenty

    Just don't go to the elephant rides while at the fair. If they don't get any customers, they won't make any money and hopefully won't be back. The county board are idiots, but they did pass the measure, so good luck with overturning the passage.

  • ericmills

    Elephants, both Asian and African, are an Endangered Species, and there's NO justification for using them merely for our amusement, particularly for elephant rides.

    HAVE TRUNK WILL TRAVEL is based in Perris, CA. The round-trip to Nevada City, CA is in excess of 1,000 miles, putting the animals at great risk on the highway. Not to mention the fact that they will likely be chained whenever they're not giving rides. A lousy life for any animal.

    Bad enough for the elephants, but how about the public safety factor? Animals are easily spooked. What if there were an earthquake, a car backfiring, or firecracmers? What will the Fair do if a terrified elephant with six kids aboard runs amok through the crowded fairgrounds? It's impossible to tranquilize a five-ton animal immediately. Here's hoping the Fair's liability insurance is paid up.

    HALF TRUNK WILL TRAVEL's elephant rides were banned from the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival 10 years ago. San Mateo County officials cited concerns over both animal welfare and public safety. The Nevada County Fair's Board of Directors should rescind their approval of these abusive and potentially-lethal elephant rides.

    Ironically, only last week the City of Veracruz, Mexico banned all wild animal acts and bullfighting (!). And Colombia outlawed the use of wild animals in all traveling circuses and carnivals. The U.S. should follow suit.

    One wonders who the REAL "Third World" country is….


    Eric Mills, coordinator

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