Santa Ana Zoo Ends Elephant Ride
Perle continues: "No longer will the zoo be supporting the miserable treatment of elephants who spend much of their lives chained by two legs, barely able to take a single step forward or backward, and are dominated and controlled by bullhooks--barbaric training devices that resemble a fireplace poker."
The city in June launched an investigation into complaints against Have Trunk, Will Travel, the Perris-based ride provider at the city-owned zoo that also contracts with the Orange County Fair. But city officials say it was a policy change from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that ended the elephant attraction in Santa Ana.
The association earlier this year called for minimal direct contact between elephants and handlers, something PETA has championed along with legislation recently introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) that would ban wild animals from traveling circuses.