Stop Torturing Baby Elephants to Learn Tricks for Zoo Visitors

Target: Andreas Michael Casdorff, Managing Director of Hanover Adventure Zoo

Goal: Stop forcing and allegedly abusing baby elephants to learn circus tricks for zoo visitors.

At the Hanover Adventure Zoo in Germany, baby elephants are forced to learn circus tricks and perform for zoo visitors. Allegedly, they are also abusing and punishing these innocent creatures in the training process.

PETA Germany recently released a video that showcased zookeepers at the Hanover Adventure Zoo beating a baby elephant with a bullhook and dragging another around by the neck. This was done while the zookeepers were trying to teach these elephants tricks to perform for zoo visitors.

Bullhooks are commonly used by those in the circus industry to control elephants. It’s used as a scare tactic to force the elephants into doing tricks that they don’t actually want to do – but will do because they are afraid of the punishment. The Hanover Adventure Zoo is allegedly using this same cruel tactic on the elephants.

A zoo is not a circus, and life in a zoo is already harmful enough for elephants as it is. Elephants are highly intelligent animals that rely on and form close-knit family structures when they live in the wild. They are usually unable to do that when in a zoo. When considering how harmful zoo life already is for elephants, forcing them to perform circus tricks just adds to the torture. Sign this petition to save these elephants and demand that the zoo stop allegedly abusing them by forcing them to perform for zoo visitors.


Dear Managing Director Casdorff,

The way you are treating the elephants in your zoo is unacceptable. Allegedly forcing them to perform circus tricks for your visitors and reportedly abusing them in the training process is animal abuse.

The footage PETA captured of your zookeepers abusing an elephant with a bullhook and dragging another around by its neck has revealed the cruel practices that really go on in your zoo. Those zookeepers deserve to be fired and this inhumane practice of scaring elephants into performing tricks needs to end. This causes severe mental, physical and psychological pain for the elephants that can not be undone.

Elephants are highly intelligent animals, and when they perform tricks, they are only doing so out of the fear of being hurt. This is no way for them to live. We highly encourage you to bring these allegedly cruel shows and abusive training practices to an immediate and permanent end.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: PETA

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