Stop Torturing Elephants for Entertainment

Target: California Governor Jerry Brown

Goal: End the use of cruel torture devices and tactics against captive elephants.

Captive elephants could soon be free from torture and abuse by their captors, thanks to a proposal currently working its way through California’s capitol. These beautiful animals do not deserve to endure such horrific cruelty. Demand that this life-saving proposal be signed into law as soon as possible.

California state law currently disallows people who own elephants for circuses, zoos, and other institutions from abusing the majestic animals. Incredibly, such restrictions do not currently extend to the people who actually handle the elephants day-to-day. As a result, these people can deprive these animals of food, water, and sleep, electrocute them, beat them, and subject them to any other forms of abuse with impunity.

The proposed legislation being discussed by the state’s lawmakers would finally close this loophole by restricting not just the owners, but “anyone in direct contact with an elephant,” from abusing the animals. This would protect countless animals in California’s zoos and circuses from misery and harm.

Elephants are the largest land animals in the world and deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Sign the petition below to demand that California Governor Jerry Brown sign this proposal into law as soon as possible so that these beautiful creatures can live their lives without such shameless cruelty from their human captors.


Dear Governor Brown,

I am writing you today regarding SB 716, a proposal currently working its way through the capitol that will with luck arrive on your desk in short order. This is a vital bill that will close loopholes in your current statutes and should be signed without hesitation.

As your current laws stand, the most majestic of all the planet’s animals—the elephant—can been electrocuted, beaten, starved, and otherwise abused by their zoo and circus handlers without consequence. Needless to say, this kind of abject cruelty cannot be allowed. It must be met with the full force of our criminal justice system.

SB 716 is designed do just that and protect these animals in your state from torture and harm.  This bill, if you sign it into law, will finally make such abject violence committed by anyone against these animals illegal. The perpetrators will finally be able to be held accountable for their abuse and unethical treatment.

There is no excuse for your state not to protect these beautiful creatures. I demand that you sign SB 716 as soon as it arrives in your office so that these amazing animals can live their lives without torture and violence.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. There is nothing at all “entertaining” about the egregious violence, abuse, torture, and shameful disrespect that is the world of both zoos and circuses. In fact, we shouldn’t even need formal laws to guard against such abuse behind the scenes, since the PUBLIC ITSELF should be refusing to even ATTEND such grisly places and events in the first place! The public is EQUALLY to blame for being so stupid and insensitive to the plights of other living beings, and those members need to be SHAMED into higher ethics and considerations, at the same time.

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