Target: Don McCoy, Park President of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Goal: Thank Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for no longer offering elephant rides.
After some deliberation, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom decided to no longer offer elephant rides to its visitors. This is great news considering elephant rides can cause serious injury to the people and the animals.
Training elephants to allow people to ride them often involves physical pain and can lead to serious mental and physical problems including arthritis and foot disease. Training often involves a bullhook, which is a long tool with a sharp end used to poke and prod the elephants.
Sign this petition and thank Six Flags for ending this cruel form of entertainment. Animals should not be forced into a lifetime of pain and neglect for a few moments of entertainment.
Dear Mr. McCoy,
Recently, you decided to stop offering elephant rides at your amusement park. I was ecstatic to hear this news.
Elephants used for rides often develop serious diseases including arthritis and foot disease. In addition, their training often uses pain as a way to force the elephants into doing what the trainer desires. The company you were contracted with has been recorded beating and shocking its elephants with bullhooks and electric prods.
Thank you for making the compassionate choice and no longer forcing elephants to give rides. No animal should be imprisoned for a few moments of entertainment.
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Photo credit: Guido Da Rozze