Target: Wildlife Safari Executive Director Dan Van Slyke
Goal: Stop Wildlife Safari from offering car washes performed by elephants.
Wildlife Safari, a zoo in Oregon, offers customers a chance at a car wash performed by elephants. It is incredibly cruel and degrading to force these intelligent animals to perform tricks for the entertainment of humans. For a mere twenty-five dollars, customers can have an elephant wash their car while they watch and giggle. While the customer is laughing at the experience, the elephant is under severe stress and constant worry of the bullhook — a long, sharp tool that uses pain to coerce elephants into performing tricks.
Sign this petition and demand the zoo stop offering elephant car washes to customers. Captivity leads to a stressful enough existence for these intelligent and social animals, but forcing them to perform tricks is even more inhumane.
Dear Mr. Van Slyke,
It recently came to my attention that your zoo offers elephant car washes to customers. This is a cruel practice and must stop immediately.
Elephants are social, intelligent and curious animals. Captivity on its own causes enough stress for these gentle giants, but forcing them to perform tricks makes it even worse. Furthermore, the use of bullhooks to keep the animals in check during the gimmick is unforgivable. Elephants are not meant to perform tricks for humans. They should be splashing in pools of water, playing with their kin, or roaming fields.
Please stop offering elephant car washes at your zoo. If you truly respect these animals, then you will do the right thing and stop this exploitation.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: In Defense of Animals