Target: Jenna Fischer
Goal: Thank Jenna Fischer for speaking out against cruel elephant rides
Jenna Fischer, best known for her role as Pam on The Office, has taken time out of her acting schedule to ask the Indiana State Fair to stop offering elephant rides from the Carson & Barnes Circus. She has teamed up with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to raise awareness to the alleged abuse that trainers at Carson & Barnes Circus unleash on their animals. According to PETA, “Carson & Barnes trainers use blowtorches and bullhooks to force elephants to perform.”
In a letter to Indiana State Fair officials, Fischer writes, “As a proud Indiana native, I am writing with regard to the Indiana State Fair, which is being held now through August 17, to ask, with all due respect, that you cancel the elephant rides. I understand that at first glance, the rides might seem innocuous, but the reality is that all too often these animals are subjected to extremely abusive training—they are beaten with metal bullhooks on the most sensitive parts of their bodies and shocked with electric prods until they lose the will to fight back.”
Later in the letter, Fischer draws attention specifically to the bad reputation of the Carson & Barnes Circus. “I understand that the elephants giving rides at the fair have been provided by Carson & Barnes Circus, which is an outfit that is notorious for its mistreatment of animals and has more than 100 federal Animal Welfare Act violations. Last year, under oath, a citizen detailed a Carson & Barnes handler’s attack on an elephant. According to the eyewitness, the handler forcefully struck the elephant with a bullhook until the animal screamed,” she said.
This isn’t the first time that Fischer has dedicated her time and energy to promoting animal welfare. In working with the non-profit organization Kitten Rescue, she has been a foster mother to several cats and she hosted their annual fundraiser several times. She has also worked as a kitty crisis line operator and she cares for her own rescue cat.
Celebrities like Jenna Fischer help to expose the public to the negative side of elephant rides when they use their celebrity to publicly call for an end to abusive training techniques. Please take a moment to thank her for continuously being a champion for animals.
Dear Jenna Fischer,
I was pleased to learn that you had teamed up with PETA to ask Indiana State Fair officials to stop offering elephant rides from the Carson & Barnes Circus. Your well-written letter did a great job laying out the pain and suffering that elephants used for rides have reportedly endured.
I am also impressed by your continuous support of shelter pets and the non-profit organization Kitten Rescue. Thank you for using your celebrity to speak out for the betterment of animals big and small.
[Your Name Here]
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