Target: Alvin W. Craig, President of Essex Agricultural Society
Goal: Stop exploiting elephants for profit.
Every year, the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts hosts Beulah, an Asian elephant who has been trapped in the entertainment industry for 45 years. At the fair, she is forced by R.W. Commerford and Sons to give countless rides and walk in what seems like never-ending circles. It is time the fair stopped supporting this cruelty.
Training elephants to allow people to ride them often involves physical pain and can lead to serious mental and physical problems. Bullhooks, a sharp metal tool, are typically used in training by using pain as a fear tactic. In addition, captive life and constant rides often lead to arthritis and foot diseases in elephants.
Sign this petition to demand the Topsfield Fair stop supporting this cruel industry and advocate for Beulah’s freedom. She deserves to be playing in the sunshine surrounded by elephant friends, not confined to small areas only to entertain humans.
Dear Mr. Craig,
Every year, the Topsfield Fair hosts Beulah the elephant. At the fair, she is forced to give what seems like an endless amount of rides over and over again. At 48, she is getting tired, especially after being stuck in the entertainment industry for 45 years.
Many trainers and companies will lead people to believe that their elephants enjoy giving rides and doing tricks, but the truth could not be more far off. During training, sharp metal tools called bullhooks are typically used by implementing pain as a fear tactic. In addition, captive life often leads to arthritis and foot diseases in elephants. Captivity and training leads to many physical and mental problems in elephants.
Please consider no longer supporting this cruel industry and help us in the fight for Beulah’s freedom. She deserves to be enjoying the life nature intended, surrounded by trees, other elephant friends and sunshine.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Guido Da Rozze