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.


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.

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Natural Bridge Zoo


  1. Severe animal abusers must have the mandatory death penalty implemented.

    • 100000000000000000000000% Maybe the public should carry out these sentences. I am all for it! Whoever has access to them and can do so in a way as to not get caught, let’s do it!

  2. rescue this poor elephant and then bull hook and ride the slime bags who run that crappy zoo



    • Jackie Pflucker says:

      Yes, why waste so much time?
      It sems that in Virginia just don’t care what bastards do to animals because of previous cases reported here on ANIMAL PETITIONS …

      Your Highness Karl Mogensen, will you be the angel to rescue Asha?
      Thank you!

  4. ines gjurinovic says:

    Karl Mogensen,

    What a disgusting way to earn money… you’ll pay for it in the other world.

  5. Asha has made a great deal of money for this Morgensen person. The treatment she has received is null and void yet our laws don’t protect this type of crime against animals. This man shows no mercy and will force Asha to endure until she drops dead. I wish he had some compassion but he will pray for compassion when Karma gets hold of him and forces him to live 10 lives as Asha. Imagine all those years living as Asha and in the same manner he treated Asha and for the same length of time. People just think they get away with harming other living beings but Karma can really kick you in the butt. This man deserves no less than Karma’s best!

  6. Ashley Swinney says:

    This is just sickening

  7. Who are the ignorant cretins who still think it’s fun to ride an abused animal? What the hell is wrong with you? Don’t you read the reports of how these animals are abused? Crawl out from under your rock once in a while. STOP GOING TO ROADSIDE ZOOS.

  8. Is the human animal the only one with protections?

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