Target: Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP
Goal: End the use of animal actors in AARP advertisements.
The American Assiciation of Retired Persons (AARP) has released a commercial featuring a donkey and an elephant. The elephant, named Tai, comes from the company Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), which has a history of animal abuse allegations. In video footage, HTWT trainers were reportedly seen using bullhooks and electric prods until the elephants screamed in pain.
In addition to this cruelty, HTWT uses elephants that were captured in the wild. These animals go from being able to roam freely with their friends to being held in captivity, where their space to roam is limited and friends are scarce. Sign this petition and demand AARP no longer use animal actors in its advertisements.
Dear Ms. Jenkins,
Recently, your company released a commercial featuring a donkey and an elephant. The elephant comes from the company Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), which has a dark history with animals. Video footage allegedly filmed at HTWT shows trainers using bullhooks and electric prods on adult and baby elephants.
In addition, the elephants used by HTWT have been taken from the wild. These animals are comfortable being around nature, trees and other elephants, not cameras, artificial lights and humans.
Please consider no longer using animal actors in your advertisements. Animals belong in the wild, not in captivity for human entertainment.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Richard Towell