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Remembering TYKE: 10 Year Commemorative
Anonymous
10 years ago
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I would just like to take an opportunity to commemorate our hero, Tyke, as August 20, 2004 marks the 10-year anniversary of her most hideous death. Tyke, as most will recall, was the circus elephant who courageously rebelled on television worldwide back in August of 1994. She first killed her trainer, trampled a groomer and then ran rampant in the streets of Honolulu before she was finally gunned down by 87 bullets. She lay bleeding, agonizing and crying in the street for two more hours, until she finally died. As some may already know and some may not, Tyke Catalyzed the founding of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, as well as several other animal advocate institutions. She inspired California Congressman Sam Farr to write up legislation to protect elephants from circuses. She has inspired many localities to ban circuses with elephant acts. She has also touched many individuals as well - one man wears a tattoo of Tyke as a conversation piece to educate others; some have made Tyke T-shirts, and so on. If someone were to ask Riddle (or his people) about Tyke, he will say that Tyke deserved what she got. Some say she knew what she was in for; it was kind of like Thelma and Louise – She was going to go all the way! No turning back! She was so brave!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Recorded incidents and eye witness reports on Tyke: May 7, 1996: Hawthorn paid a $12,500 penalty to settle USDA charges of causing Tyke trauma and harm and of jeopardizing public safety. Police shot Tyke to death on August 20, 1994 after she rampaged and killed her trainer. April 21, 1993: An elephant named Tyke ripped through the front doors of the Jaffa Mosque during a performance and ran out of control for an hour in Altoona, Pa. An estimated 4,500 schoolchildren had to evacuate the building, and the rampage caused more than $14,000 in damage. April 22, 1993: According to an affidavit obtained by the USDA from circus worker Richard Rosio, Tyke attacked a tiger trainer while the circus was in Altoona, Pa. July 23, 1993: An elephant named Tyke ran amok at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, N.D., trampling and injuring a handler and frightening the crowd as she ran uncontrolled for 25 minutes June 21, 1988: According to USDA and Canadian law enforcement documents, while a Hawthorn elephant named Tyke was performing with Tarzan Zerbini Circus, "The elephant handler was observed beating the single-tusk African elephant in public to the point [where] the elephant was screaming and bending down on three legs to avoid being hit. Even when the handler walked by the elephant after this, the elephant screamed and veered away, demonstrating fear from his presence." The handler was John Caudill (a.k.a. John Walker of Walker Bros. Circus) who admitted to "disciplining" Tyke after she hit Caudill's brother and put a hole in his back with her tusk. Links to Tyke: WARNING! Graphic footage of Tyke’s rampage and execution: http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=circuselephants Hope this one works.. features Tyke also: http://www.animalchannel.org/# She is the only African in this terribly sad pic Please Remember TYKE this month - and always! She is a HERO! She gave her life and sparked a change - the awareness we now know. Her death is still there at the click of a link to haunt us yet to teach generations to come! I know some of my elefriends here also see Tyke as a hero and I invite everyone to share a tribute below…
Tyke
10 years ago
Tyke, you were a hero. It breaks my heart that you and all other Elephants have ever had to suffer, and so many still do. I hate what people did to you. To see you shot to death in the streets and have to lay there 2 hours suffering, it's more than I can handle. There are so many caring people who are trying to change the laws to help all the elephants, and you Tyke have helped to start that change. Your death is not in vain, and you will never be forgotten.
10 years ago
No, you will never be forgotten. More than heartbreaking.
Tyke
10 years ago
Yes, I believe she knew, this was the day, she was getting out, one way or another...every time I watch the video it breaks my heart. She definitely sent out a 'wake up call' to the public. Such a beautiful, brave girl- Tyke, you will not be forgotten
Anonymous
More on Tyke
10 years ago
More about Tyke I forgot to add that Tyke died from a massive brain hemmorage. This is the story of what they did to her body - I find it a bit disrespectful: http://starbulletin.com/1999/03/24/news/whatever.html There is also a story where a zoo elephant attacks a handler and Tyke is blamed! Lori asked me to post this link about the man who guarded the gate when Tyke broke through it. http://starbulletin.com/2003/12/21/news/story10.html And the one disclosing the use of drugs and alcohol found in her trainers body: http://soc.hfac.uh.edu/artman/publish/article_108.shtml Laws Tyke inspired: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session1999/bills/HB1722_.htm http://members.aol.com/zoowildvet/elemanb.html http://commdocs.house.gov/committees/judiciary/hju65825.000/hju65825_0F.htm
Anonymous
10 years ago
http://starbulletin.com/2004/08/16/news/story2.html Shots killing elephant echo across a decade Activists favor outlawing elephant acts -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Rosemarie Bernardo rbernardo@starbulletin.com Makakilo resident Donna Wier remembers that horrible day 10 years ago when a man was trampled to death by an 8,000-pound elephant at the Blaisdell Arena. "It was pretty traumatic," said Wier, who took her sons Dillon, then 6, and Koa, 10 months, to the circus for the first time. "It's still in the back of our minds." "We were sitting rather close, and I remember when Tyke came out and he was tossing the trainer around. It just happened so fast," she said. "I told my husband. 'This can't be for the show.'" Wier vowed never again to attend a circus with large animals. "It changed my outlook for entertainment," she said. Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the day Tyke, a female African elephant, crushed her trainer, Allen Campbell, to death during a circus performance at the Blaisdell Arena. Tyke then bolted out of the Blaisdell Arena into Kakaako, where she was eventually gunned down by police. Some residents who witnessed the attack said it left them scarred, while others said they have no qualms about attending another circus act with elephants. Wier said Dillon, now 16, had nightmares after the incident and never wants to go to another circus. "You don't really think it's going to happen," she said. Paul Guncheom of Kahaluu said he had difficulty focusing on work because of the death of the trainer. "My mind was stuck on that incident," said Guncheom, a former stage designer who now works as a set dresser for the new NBC TV series "Hawaii." Guncheom, wife Esther and their two sons were in the third row from the staging area when Tyke charged toward them after crushing Campbell. The Guncheoms ran out of the arena toward the parking lot after the elephant crashed through the door. Guncheom was one of dozens of people who filed a complaint against the city, state, Circus International and Tyke's owner, John Cuneo, for emotional distress and physical harm. An out-of-court settlement was reached. Campbell's widow, Ginger, also filed a $5 million negligence suit against Cuneo, Hawthorn Corp. and Circus International, alleging Cuneo had knowledge of two previous violent incidents involving Tyke. Neither Cuneo nor Campbell could be reached for comment.
Anonymous
Cont'd
10 years ago
Two local promoters for the event have died in the last two years. Steve Hirano, who served as a publicist for the event, died in December from pancreatic cancer. He was 57. Hirano was injured during the Tyke incident when he tried to trap the elephant in a vacant lot by closing a gate. A police officer fired his weapon as Tyke attempted to crush Hirano, scaring off the elephant. In January 2002, promoter Ralph Yempuku died of a heart attack while walking along Kapiolani Park. He was 88. The circus performance was the last promotion Yempuku organized. Pearl City resident Lisa Ornellas said she and her son, Kai Ching, were unaffected by the incident. Ornellas said she took her son, then 3, to the circus to see the elephants because of his fascination for the mammals. "It's amazing what he does remember," she said. "I don't think it had a negative impact on him." Ornellas said she is not against the involvement of elephants in circuses as long as safeguards are in place. Cuneo was fined $12,500 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after he was charged with two violations of the Animal Welfare Act in the Tyke rampage. Years later, Cuneo was cited multiple times by the federal government for failure to provide veterinary care for other elephants he owned. In March the USDA charged Cuneo with 19 violations in a mistreatment case. An agreement was reached between Cuneo and federal officials to send his entire elephant herd to approved locations. Jim Rogers, spokesman of the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the action sends a message that "we are watching, and we care how they are treating animals and how they are supposed to be treated." Cuneo paid a $200,000 fine and had until yesterday to remove his elephants from his property, said Rogers. He faced revocation of his license to exhibit animals if he failed to relocate his elephants. Six elephants from his herd were designated to be sent to the 2,700-acre Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn., which was established a year after Tyke died. "Tyke was the catalyst to do it," said co-founder Carol Buckley. "When we found out about Tyke, we said, 'Now is the time.' ... That is what pushed us to do it." Ten elephants now live at the spacious sanctuary, including Delhi, a 56-year-old elephant that was seized by the federal government from Cuneo's herd in November. Two elephants -- Lota and Misty -- that were diagnosed with tuberculosis are part of the group of elephants that will be sent to the sanctuary. Buckley said more needs to be done for the welfare of elephants. "Ultimately, I would like to see all commercial use of elephants held to a higher standard. I think it's inappropriate to take endangered species from town to town," she said. "It's unethical to put them in the environment that does not meet their needs biologically and physically."
Anonymous
10 years ago
Shannon Pak, spokeswoman for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, one of the largest circus acts in the country, said 50 elephants under their care are well treated despite activists' allegations of mistreatment and pending investigations by the Agriculture Department. In 1995 the organization established a 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida that supports the reproduction, research and retirement of elephants. Pak said 16 elephants were born at the center in the last 11 years. "They don't understand our commitment to our animals and the care we provide for them," said Pak. A circus that includes elephant performances has not come to Hawaii since Tyke's rampage. However, there was an attempt last year by the Bailey Brothers Circus. The organization filed for a permit to bring two Asian elephants for a February circus performance. But the state Department of Agriculture denied the request due to a lack of documentation. Domingo Cravalho of the Plant Quarantine Branch said the circus did not have a current license to exhibit animals or veterinarian reports for the elephants. There were no other requests to bring in elephants for circus acts, said Cravalho. An elephant, however, was brought to Honolulu for the filming of the Disney movie "George of the Jungle" in 1997 under strict safeguards.
Anonymous
The articles are rolling in now!
10 years ago
http://starbulletin.com/2004/08/16/news/story2a.html Activists favor outlawing elephant acts Shots killing elephant echo across a decade By Rosemarie Bernardo rbernardo@starbulletin.com A ban on large exotic animals would be the appropriate memorial for Tyke the elephant, according to an animal activist. "I would prefer to watch people performing who have a choice, who enjoy what they're doing," said Cathy Goeggel, of Animal Rights of Hawaii. "The animals have no choice. They're slaves. That is not entertainment." Past attempts to ban large animals in circus performances held in Hawaii following the 1994 rampage of Tyke failed at the city and state level. However, there has not been an animal act involving an elephant in the state since the Tyke incident. "I don't believe that wild animals should be used in entertainment in any way. They are forced to train often through negative means that is completely against their nature purely for the entertainment of people," said Pam Burns, executive director of the Hawaiian Humane Society. "Those acts don't help us understand the animals any better. I think it's very wrong." Burns noted that Tyke had behavioral problems before the incident at the Blaisdell Arena, where she trampled trainer Allen Campbell to death. She recalled Tyke's death as "one of the saddest moments in my career." More needs to be done concerning the welfare of animals, she said. "It will take time. It just takes time." Honolulu Zoo Director Kenneth Redman said he also does not believe elephants should be part of circus performances. "If I had my choice, I wouldn't have them in the circus," said Redman. "The negatives outweigh the positives." It seems pointless to have animals in circuses as entertainment, said Tyler Ralston, who witnessed Tyke's rampage. Calls seeking comment to other circus organizations such as the Tarzan Zerbini Circus, Culpepper and Merriweather Circus as well as the Outdoor Amusement Business Association were not returned.
Anonymous
10 years ago
10 years ago
Kim, get PETA to get a tribute up for TYKE on their front page!! THIS IS A HWTHORN ELEPHANT!!! We may also want to arganize a silent vvigill for Tyke on Friday. It does not have to be for an hour like Tina. Maybe 10 -15 minutes to pay our respects. REST IN PEACE TYKE...rest in peace
10 years ago
I just watched to footage agin..Iy never fails, I get so angry!! Every circus goer should be required to watch this before going in!! We may just want to BOMBARD HAWTHORN with phone calls!! Let Cuneo know exactly what we think of him!!
speak out !!
10 years ago
God Bless TYKE for have the courage to stand up to her human opressors and take one out ! I just wish it was trainer John Caudhill Jr. aka John Walker who even tho the USDA revoked his license this March along with Hawthorn, he is still exhibiting Clyde Beatty elephants. The circus industry is full of sleaze and these elephants and tigers and the rest are suffering and dying all the time. WAKE UP PEOPLE !! Write your Congressmen and demand a ban on exotic animals in circuses. Don;t let TYKE's death be in vain. Don't sit idly by and think "other people" are doing it ! They need your voice and pen and paper too !! It takes numbers to get Congress to sit up and take notice. Keep your letters going out. Your Congressmen answer to YOU !! Especially in an election year..tell them you are watching their animal rights votes. Send this picture of TYKE and remind them. Most of them know about it from the Captive Elephant Bill of 1999. Make a teeshirt that says "CIRCUSES ARE CRUEL TO ANIMALS", put PETA leaflets when you pay your bills in the envelope and put a sticky on it saying "dont' go to circuses". Educate every chance you get. Write to your local newspaper at least every spring before the circus shows up, and tell folks to stay home and why. Write your local reps and school boards. EDUCATE EDUCATE EDUCATE Heres to you, pretty TYKE girl...I love you !!
10 years ago
I WISH IT WAS CUNEO!!! NO Tyke's death WILL NOT BE IN VAIN!! The time has come people! Hawthorn will be the first of many to fall!! Lets get Tyke's sisters(&brother) home to TES!! We owe her that much!
10 years ago
Dearest Tyke, I am so sorry that you had to loose your life in such an awful way. I am sorry you never got the chance to see what life could be. We will never forget you. Rest in Peace dear Tyke. ~Rachel
Tyke
10 years ago
Dearest Tyke, So pretty you looked in your glitzy costume Bright colors, sparkles, tossles, and perfume Yet degrading that you had to wear such fluff On that particular day you'd had quite enough The beatings, the travel, the hunger and the chains Nothing on earth can diminish the pains Living a life that no longer belonged to you The "unthinkable" was all you could do Your memory still brings tears to my eyes And flashes of your hideous demise Gloriously you left without regret Tyke- You are an elephant I'll never forget God Bless You Tyke, Rest In Peace Lori
10 years ago
Lori..thats beautiful.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Oh Lori, that IS beautiful! Thank you for posting
Tyke
10 years ago
what a wonderful, sad poem.....I've sent it on to a friend or two, who have sent it on to SEVERAL, with a note "this is from a friend of mine, who has discovered the hideous circus abuse that goes on- pls see the video, etc. etc." I was soooooo proud!
Tyke
10 years ago
PS - Thelma and Louise is playing on the local TBS station tonight....GO, TYKE!!!! (we'll NEVER forget!)
10 years ago
I have only seen the footage once, and I cannot bear to watch it again. The image is burned into my mind, and I think of her often. Such a beautiful girl.
Our Hero, Tyke
10 years ago
August 20, 2004: Ten years ago today, a very brave African Queen made a decision. This Queen was Tyke, an African elephant who had been ripped from her family at a young age and enslaved by humans and forced to perform for them. This day she was going to make a change. She had made up her mind. No more chains, no more bullhooks, and no more performing for the sake of human entertainment. This was the day she would rampage and run as fast as she could to get away from the horrors of being a circus slave …. And run she did …. Unfortunately, she paid the ultimate price … her life. After attacking and killing her trainer, and trampling her groomer, she bolted out of the arena and led a wild chase in the streets. She was eventually gunned down by the police and after 2 hours of hemorrhaging and agonizing, she died. She was finally free. Her story did not end that day with the ultimate sacrifice she made. Her death brought about a new awareness of the plight of captive elephants. Tyke’s death was also the catalyst for the creation of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee in 1995. To this day we remember our hero, Tyke. May the memory of the sacrifice she made ten years ago continue to change the plight of captive elephants, and may she live on in our hearts and minds forever. We salute and honor you Tyke, our brave African Queen.
Tyke
10 years ago
for Tyke Stolen from family, beaten into submission. they robbed you of even hope. Day after frustrating day, it was not living ,taking all of your strength just to cope. With pain and fear they bent your will and pushed you to the brink of despair. Spirit uncrushed one final rush to freedom knowing death was waiting there. The greatest sorrow is knowing your only release came with life blood flowing in that dirty street. Your mighty heart slows til with the final beat your only freedom DEATH. ( we will not forget what people have done to cause a gentle creature to feel this was her only option ) laura August 19/2004
10 years ago
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Aug/20/ln/ln19a.html Posted on: Friday, August 20, 2004 By Will Hoover Advertiser Staff Writer Throughout the 20th century, the traditional American circus was an essential component on the Honolulu entertainment landscape — sawdust extravaganzas staged for decades by Island amusement impresario E.K. Fernandez and sponsored by such organizations as the Shriners, Lions and Honolulu Jaycees. On Aug. 20, 1994, Tyke ran amok in the streets of Kaka'ako after mauling her groomer and killing her circus trainer in Blaisdell Arena. Advertiser Library photo In addition to clowns, jugglers and aerial acrobats, these popular events required exotic animal acts, particularly pachyderms. No circus was considered complete without elephants. Then, on Aug. 20, 1994 — the last day the circus came to town — Honolulu's whole big top tradition folded up and went away. Reasons cited by the city include the jumbo costs of bringing a circus to town, inability to tie up Honolulu's only major arena for extended periods, and the complicated quarantine and care requirements. But the primary reason that Honolulu has probably seen its last circus can be summed up in one word: Tyke. Ten years ago today, in front of hundreds of horrified Circus International spectators, Tyke, a full-grown female African elephant, mauled her groomer, Dallas Beckwith, trampled and killed her trainer, Allen Campbell, and then bolted from Blaisdell Arena onto the streets of Kaka'ako. There the animal ran wild for a half-hour, nearly killing another man, before she was finally brought down by Honolulu police who riddled her with bullets from high-powered rifles. In the aftermath, Tyke became the poster elephant of circus tragedies and a symbol for animal rights. Dozens of lawsuits were filed against the city, the state, the circus and Tyke's owner, John Cuneo Jr. and his Hawthorn Corp. The suits were settled out of court, the last of them only last year, but the amounts were never made public. No traditional circus has applied for a city permit since the Tyke incident, but officials are now reluctant to issue permits that include exotic animals anyway. "You're taking about a city that is extremely leery about allowing anything along those lines back at Blaisdell Arena anymore," said city spokeswoman Carol Costa. Costa said it didn't mean the state couldn't grant a circus permit, but so far it has not done so. Others insist that simply because no circus elephants have been here in a decade doesn't mean a tragedy similar to the Tyke disaster could not happen again. "Of course it could happen if a traditional circus does came in — and they still can because we haven't done anything legally to stop them," said Cathy Goeggel, director of Animal Rights Hawaii. Goeggel points to four failed bills to ban exotic animal acts in Hawai'i. "We tried twice in the Honolulu City Council and twice in the Hawai'i Legislature," she said. "None of those bills passed. "What the industry is trying to do is wait until people's memories fade." Tyler Ralston agrees. Ten years ago he was driving along Waimanu Street in Kaka'ako and was stunned to see a circus elephant charging toward his car. "Initially, I was confused," recalled Ralston, who was 26 at the time. "The elephant was coming at me and the police were behind it. I saw this headdress on the elephant, and I thought there must have been a circus in town and the elephant got away." Instinctively, Ralston swerved onto Cummins Street, whipping his car into a motorcycle shop. In the next moments he witnessed a surreal, horrifying scene as Tyke chased a circus clown through a vacant lot while circus promoter Steve Hirano attempted to confine the animal within the lot. "Hirano was trying to close the fence and the elephant charged at him, busted through, soccer-balled him on the ground and hit him, shattering his leg — and that's when the first shots were fired. "That's when I was, like, 'OK, this is really serious. There's a lot of people around and I don't want to see an elephant get killed.' And the next thing I knew, it was running by me, bloody." It all changed his life, Ralston said. He tried to have bills passed banning animal acts and continues to advocate bringing in and promoting animal-free circuses such as Cirque du Soleil. One person who firmly believes that the traditional circus should come back to Honolulu is the wife of the publicist who came close to being killed by Tyke. "Steve and I continued to say if everything is done well — and many of these circus and animal shows do take wonderful care of their animals — that the children should have a right to view them, especially in Hawai'i, which is isolated," said Amy Hayashi Hirano, whose husband eventually recovered from the attack and died of cancer last year. Whether grief-filled memories are enough to permanently eliminate traditional circuses in Honolulu remains to be seen. But there's no doubt Tyke has altered the animal entertainment outlook here and elsewhere. The Hawaiian Humane Society has formulated an official position stating that "wild animal acts should not be used in entertainment such as circuses, shows and exhibits." And last March, the federal government took away 16 circus elephants from an owner accused of mistreating his animals. That owner was John Cuneo Jr. — the man who owned Tyke. Reach Will Hoover at 525-8038 or whoover@honoluluadvertiser.com. ~~~*+*~~~*+*~~~*+*~~~*+*~~~*+*~~~*+*~~~*+*~~~*+*~~~*+*~~~ Their very weakness and inability to protest demands that man should refrain from torturing animals for the mere possibility of obtaining some knowledge. Luther Burbank (1849-1926). / / >' .'
Anonymous
10 years ago
thank you Pat!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Tyke, bless her soul
9 years ago
sorry to say, but it's about that time of year, again, to remember that Tyke gave her life to save the others...and still no word on the remaining Hawthorn ellies.....perhaps time for another hard push? as in "remember what happened to this Hawthorn ellie?", etc? Are we going to let C&B get 4 more??????
9 years ago
Good idea Sandy...
but we may want to check with Carol at TES first so as not to possibly jeapordize anything....



THIS is just too sad.  
Tyke
9 years ago

Kathy, you're right.....besides, it's been much too quiet.

However, I've already emailed the names on the articles above, asking if they've considered doing a re-run story. Hope I have not jeoparized anything!!!!!

Anonymous
9 years ago

Tyke's Anniversary is tomorrow. Please post a tribute here. Be sure and tell others about Tyke and why they should not go to circuses!

9 years ago

Sadly Missed
9 years ago

Tyke, I'll be thinking of you on the anniversary of your death.  It makes me very sad to see the way you had to suffer in the end.  You deserved so much better.  If I ever have children, they will never see a circus if I have anything to say about it and when they're old enough, I'll explain to them why and I'll tell them your story.  I pray that someday circus will be illegal and no other elephant or animal will have to endure the torture and pain you and so many others have gone through for the sake of "entertainment". 

Always in our hearts.

9 years ago
HOPE YOU ARE HAPPIER IN HEAVEN THEN YOU WERE ON EARTH.
If you haven't already, please
9 years ago

Sign this petition, The ending date is tomorrow and the more signatures I can get, the better for the Hawthorne 12 and TES. I have to close this tomorrow so if you would sign and forward to all your friends & contacts I would really appreciate it!!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/673312858

Anonymous
9 years ago

I may have maxed out the bandwidth on the pics above. Here is a substitue till the others come back.

tykeorig.jpg

Please cross post in other groups about Tyke. You can copy and paste this:

***REMEMBER TYKE***

9 years ago

Sadly enough I do remember this it was just awful.I actually had to take my 3 year old to a zoo during school.He said Mommy I don`t like seeing the animals locked up.Thank You for sharing this Eles.

                        Hugs,T

saddened, yet heartened some
9 years ago
here, thank god, is a place where there are some people who  -unlike the great masses in stupor/denial-  are alive, caring, and sadly, so often grieving....  over these nightmarish behaviors of our fellow humans.

giles
TYKE
9 years ago

How brave you were to make a stand in an attempt to free all others from their chains.  We know that you did it for all of your species and your accomplishments were many.  I am so saddened that you had to give your life in that horrendous manner for the sake of all the others.  YOU WERE A VERY BRAVE GIRL.

REST IN PEACE TYKE    WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU

In memory of TYKE!
9 years ago
 always in our memory; etched in our consciousness!
To TYKE
9 years ago
Looking at the photo was a painful rememberance. I do everything I can to protect your kind, and keep them where I know they will be loved and cared for adequately. I often bite my tongue to those who are ignornant and choose not to care. My collection of elephants continues to grow. You help me remember that everyone has a right to live. In my eyes you are more than a HERO. And I know now that your spirit runs free without pain/strife. Keep me strong, so that I can keep your family well.
9 years ago
Tyke, you are still amazing---- my heart is so sad to see how horribly you were treated. What a wonderful ambassador you are to all your fellow elephants--- even though the changes are slow going, they are happening-----there is a shift happening in the world and it's consciousness and you are responsible for it, dear Tyke. We will NEVER forget you and the huge sacrifice you made. We love you so....
  
9 years ago

Gone but not Forgotten.

                                   

With a heavy heart - such a tragic waste.

Lorri - One Peace, One Love

Anonymous
9 years ago
9 years ago
Tyke will be in my heart forever.
TYKE REMEMBERED
9 years ago

AS I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH CAROL & TARRA HERE IN OJAI YEARS AGO, I WAS VERY INVOLVED WITH FREEING ELEPHANTS FROM CIRCUS ABUSE.   WHEN THE DAY CAME THAT I TRULY BELIEVE  "TYKE'  KNEW SHE WOULD NEVER BE FREE AND GAVE BACK  WHAT SHE HAD BEEN RECEIVING ON A CONSTANT BASIS AND PAID WITH HER LIFE..I MADE UP MY MIND THAT DAY TO NEVER STOP  FIGHTING FOR ELEPHANTS..FREEDOM FROM ABUSIVE CIRCUSES, FREEDOM FROM ZOOS WHERE THEY DO NOT BELONG, EDUCATING THE PUBLIC, MAKING THEM AWARE OF THE TRUTH.  I

  GOT SERIOUS THEN AND HAVEN'T STOPPED WRITING LETTERS   SPEAKING  OUT FOR ELEPHANT RIGHTS. RIGHT NOW ALONG WITH INDIVIDUAL CASES, I AM CONCERNING MY EFFORTS IN FREEING THE REMAINDER OF HE HAWTHORN ELEPHANTS.  THEY HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH AND THE WHOLE SITUATION IS A DISGRACE TO THE USDA AND EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT HAS PASSED THE BUCK ON THESE POOR SOULS! TYKE WAS MY INSPIRATION!

Anonymous
9 years ago
Now,for all the futeure Tyke's :
9 years ago
http://www.peta.org.uk/at/inaugural/page/m2-crymeariver.jpg
remembering Tyke
9 years ago

Yes, Nancy, I felt soooo bad when I read about Type, seriously began wondering when it was all gonna stop, then I came upon Lota and she stole my heart!!!   My motto is "one ellie at a time" and together we all WILL make a difference. I will not stop either.

Then this past week, lost another ele, our own Cincinnati Ganesh, 7 yrs old, housed at Cols zoo, they are saying he had the herpes virus!  Geesh! I played, petted, etc this ellie before he was sent to Columbus......herpes virus, you'd think they would have seen SOMETHING!!! ( what a crock, I am sooooooooo p*ssed)

9 years ago
The very first picture of Tyke in this thread breaks my heart- the fear and hurt in her eyes is so obvious. No animal should have to suffer that! 
Anonymous
Note in the African Ele-Diary at TES:
9 years ago

http://www.elephants.com/elediary_africans.htm Aug. 20th entry.

After this entry was posted we received an e-mail that reminded us that August 20 is the anniversary of TYKE’S death; the African elephant, owned by the Hawthorn Corporation, who after killing her trainer during a circus performance was gunned down in the streets of Honolulu. Tyke was only 21 years old, the same age Flora was when she came to the Sanctuary. Believing strongly that there are no coincidences, the uncanny similarity between Tyke’s life and Flora’s is sobering. The e-mailer writes… “I always thought Flora reminded me of a lucky version of Tyke.”

Also baby Obert's bday (of C&B circus) is also AUG. 20.

Coincidence? You decide.

9 years ago

I wonder how many other "elephant happenings" have happened on August 20th of the past 11 years?  It would be interesting to keep track of them here if we come across them.

My heart breaks for Tyke each and every day.  It never goes away.  The rest of her herd, and the rest of her kind, need to be helped by all of us.

She touched so many.

Remembering you
9 years ago

I could not bring myself to watch the tape of the day you died Tyke.I feel sick inside.and must look away. I know your pain is gone now as you watch us from above.But my pain,for your suffering, is still to great.                                                                                                             

Please forgive the men/the people who did this to your (Tyke) Dear Lord, you truly loved her with all your soul. You made her kind, before you made man and woman.THATS how much you love your animals Lord.

                     Tyke in Heaven

9 years ago

Rest in peace, Tyke.  You'll always remain in my heart for your courage and horrible death.  Blessings and prayers to you, my dear.

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

9 years ago

Rest in Peace.  She is so glad to be in Heaven.  Men are so cruel.

I love the Elephants so much.

9 years ago
Few days ago, I saw on National Geographic channel a documentary about elephants, there I saw horrifying video when baby Tyke was taken by force after her mother was shot in the face, then images of Tyke "performing" in a circus, then the moment when she kill the people that torture her for so long right before she was assassinated...what a sad and horrifying life, all her life was the worst nightmare 

I remember you Tyke
9 years ago
my new found friends, I am having a difficult time writing this brief thank you note after witessing the video of the assassination of Tyke, and her tragic history that encapsulates her entire life. my tears make it a challenge to see my screen. I am so, so sorry. thank you for your time taken to introduce me to a part of life I never would have realized until today.
Anonymous
9 years ago

 

Tyke's death will not be in vain. She continues to teach people the truth about disgusting circuses who abuse and enslave beautiful and intelligent beings.... such a waste.....

keep spreading the word my friends, keep spreading the word.

9 years ago

Oh Tyke

Jeza@2006-Remember Tyke

We love you, Tyke ...
9 years ago
even though you're not with us in aphysical sense, your example should chasten us into treating other elephants better from now on.
9 years ago
It breaks my heart to see those pictures and know what happened to this elephant. I signed your petition, DebV. Elesp, thanks for posting, and for all that you do for elephants each and every day.

Thank the Lord and Lady for TES and for people who work to create a happier world for elephants and all other animals.


9 years ago
Anonymous
9 years ago
I was thinking we could do some type of group fund raising for TES while raising awareness about Tyke at the same time. We could do T-shirts or artwork or ...? I have some ideas... Id love to hear some of your input on the idea too! What do you think?? We can Never let Tyke be forgotten, ever.
9 years ago
I tried watching the Tyke video and I absolutely cannot.  Tears are streaming down my face and I feel so helpless.  I can't believe this goes on.
Eles
9 years ago

If anyone has artwork/photo that is in the public domain showing Tyke ... such as the 4 pane above ... we can do tees through cafe press .. OR print a bunch and sell via ebay

I am unable to do much this next month, but as soon as the "housing issue" is settled, I can help

Anonymous
TV
9 years ago

I was just watching this programme on TV about accidents involving animals.......and Tyke came on...they showed the whole video apart from the bit where the poor girl was left to die, bleeding and in pain

And then the guy said ' Who knows what made this elephant snap!?' i don't know if this annoys anyone else, but it really p***** me off, what the hell does he think made it snap all the investigations into circus' and the cruelty in them. Poor Tyke....i hope people will remember her, it was finding out about her that made me see how much cruelty there is in circus' and to animals in general.

I really hope people will remember Tyke...

p.s sorry if some of that didn't make sense...the tv p***** me off.

9 years ago

Kim B,

I know what you mean. I was channel-hopping last night and ended up on the National Geographic and saw the same thing you saw.

Anonymous
9 years ago
yeh that was it, i couldn't watch it though, but i could hear it, and when i heard that guy say that it really annoyed me.
TYKE
9 years ago
Just shows you how cruel man can be . Shows them in there true colours. How can an elephant defend itself unless it reverts to doing what Tyke had to do .Just proves that the amount of cruelty that was  inflicted on this Beautiful Majestic Creature. It reacted the only way wild animals do they try to protect themselves.They are not human. It us humans that should know the difference does any of these so called trainers know the word love kindness and trust it goes a long way with animals it is obvious this poor animal was shown nothing but cruelty .If you inflicted this on another human being im sure they would react in the same way as tyke  did they would defend themselves and fight back.It is so sad that man has not moved on these kind of people dont deserve the title of being human beings because there isnt anything humane about them im so sickened everytime that i see these kind of things i just know if i was in POWER it would not be allowed .These Majestic Animals belong in the wild to live free and die free
Someone please fill me in if you can...
8 years ago

"The handler was John Caudill (a.k.a. John Walker of Walker Bros. Circus) who admitted to "disciplining" Tyke after she hit Caudill's brother and put a hole in his back with her tusk."

What type of punishment, if any, did this man or the people who tortured and brutalized Tyke (and I'm sure others) receive????

Again, I'm bawling at my desk at work.  I am so sickened that people can be so disgustingly cruel.

Petition signed.  And any positive message(s) would be great - I'd love to hear that something was done to the creeps that were responsible. 

8 years ago
may tyke rest in peace and my tykes deaht not have been in vain, poor   baby, I hate circus'  and any other   place that holds animals out of the their natural habitat.
Perri
8 years ago
You really don't want to know.

And no-nothing is EVER done, sadly. The USDA does nothing.
Anonymous
8 years ago

I just learned that if someone does a Yahoo search for "elephant tyke" this thread comes up number 1 ! - Dont ever forget her!

   

8 years ago

8 years ago
8 years ago

    Rest in Peace Sweet Tyke!!!   

           We will NEVER forget you!   

                          

8 years ago
cant find the words for what i've just read here!!! the pictures , even the article , reading this makes me sick to my stomach! R.I.P. Tyke!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
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8 years ago

hello Ronnie ,

its so hard to believe the horrific way Tyke was slain , that still haunts me and i'm sure so many others.

thats why every small victory is so important

why each elephant that is rescued is celebrated and each one lost is mourned

i watch the elecam to see the miracle of each new girl at TES , seeing every step they take is a spiritual joy

and i cry even trying to post because i can't find the right words...Tyke's death was the catalyst for the sanctuary

and she will never be forgotten

Anonymous
I miss you so much... and
8 years ago

I will always love you Little Tyke...

You'll always be in my heart...

Anonymous
I wish... you can come back and finish what you started...
8 years ago

Elefight.bmp

Anonymous
Tyke
8 years ago

I feel very bad that she did not get the oppurtunity to blast her body into 87 people, the way people pumped 87 bullets into her body.

If it were "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth", we humans would really know what a elephant "rampage" was like.

Tyke
8 years ago
What a terrible waste! RIP Tyke
8 years ago

On which day of augusts did Tyke died? I think I will put this on the frontpage of my organisations website. Maybe it is a good idea to put the peta movie directly on the frontpage.

Tyke's story is so sad... we must not forget Tyke, we must fight for all the Tykes who are still out there and want to be free.

Tyke
8 years ago
Tyke's died on August 20, 1994 I got the info from www.elephants.com. If you type Tyke into their search engine you come up with info on Tyke.
Anonymous
8 years ago

This SUNDAY is Tyke's Anniversary!

As I do every year, I ask everyone here to remember tyke.. Lets each make a personal goal to tell 10 new people about Tyke this year and turn that many more people against the circus~

RIP Sweet Tyke

Anonymous
8 years ago
Anonymous
8 years ago

In Memory of Tyke, lets all try and get this groups membership to 2000 by Sunday, Tyke's Anniversary.

Then, to raise tons of awareness, I will ask everyone to do shares/tributes in honor of Tyke and for all circus animals still suffering and enslaved.....

Anonymous
8 years ago
  
8 years ago

Bless her for her bravery!

I've duplicated some of this thread in my group, Elephant Education. http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=4824&pst=524819 so that more people will be aware of what horrendous cruelty was inflicted on Tyke. 

8 years ago

.....I could not even watch all the videos... made me sick to my stomach ...and  made  me cry!

poor Tyke...Rest in Peace!

Anonymous
8 years ago

Tomorrow......

Lets do some shares this weekend, ele friends~!

Anonymous
8 years ago
Take a look at this Share:

Message: TYKE's ANNIVERSARY - August 20
(14 comments) — Tomorrow....*candle* *elehug**look* CLICK HERE TO PAY TRIBUTE AND LEARN MORE ELES X P.Remembering TYKE: 10 Year Commemorative August 15, 2004 10:07 AM I would just like to take an opportunity to commemorate our hero, Tyke, as August 20, 2004 mark...  more


Anonymous
8 years ago
I love you Tyke, and I'm so sad for what you had to go through to end the torment. You will never be forgotten. 

                                           
8 years ago

Tyke ~ you will NEVER be forgotten, dear one.... 

          

8 years ago

Such a heartbreaking anniversary.  Dearest Tyke, you will never be forgotten!

           

8 years ago

It's not easy to let go.

We only learn to live with the pain, We don't except it. We try to figure out within ourselves how humans can be so cruel.

We don't even like ourselves, We can't change the way we feel, but I know we all wish we could take away the pain and sorrow that they have to endured.

Tyke, You endured more than any animal has endured. You will be remembered because you matter to so many. You are the beginning and the end. You have opened so many eyes to abuse, sorrow, and imprisonment.

You have have taught us so much...You died to let the public know that there is no justice in keeping wild animals chained and wipped.

More and more everyday people are seeing, understanding. Another day that will bring you light and Justice.

Because of you one day all Elephants will be free from abuse. You are their guiding light to living the life they were meant to live

It is you that has opened so many eyes. I thank you.

You are missed Dearly, but we know you are in Heaven. You are the crossroad for all of us to believe.

Anonymous
8 years ago
I am so sorry you ever suffered in this way little Tyke...The pain and torture you endured for so long, you finally could not take anymore, and those people deserved all that happened to them and worse, BUT you did not...you did not deserve to be shot 86 times plus, the fear in your eyes so obvious, the pain in your heart and soul, you did not deserve this to happen to you.....
all these people should be in jail for having done to you what they did, In the beginning and in the end!
The human species is the cruelest on earth, inflicting so much pain and hurt on those so innocent.....There are those however who loved you, though we could not reach you in your prison hell, and we love you still...

In your memory and othhers like you all over the world, we continue to fight and voice care and compassion for you, in all animals right to be free, cared for, loved and treated with respect.....Praying that all the memories of hurt are gone from you...And only love and peace remain.
Anonymous
8 years ago
I am so sorry you ever suffered in this way little Tyke...The pain and torture you endured for so long, you finally could not take anymore, and those people deserved all that happened to them and worse, BUT you did not...you did not deserve to be shot 86 times plus, the fear in your eyes so obvious, the pain in your heart and soul, you did not deserve this to happen to you.....
all these people should be in jail for having done to you what they did, In the beginning and in the end!
The human species is the cruelest on earth, inflicting so much pain and hurt on those so innocent.....There are those however who loved you, though we could not reach you in your prison hell, and we love you still...

In your memory and othhers like you all over the world, we continue to fight and voice care and compassion for you, in all animals right to be free, cared for, loved and treated with respect.....Praying that all the memories of hurt are gone from you...And only love and peace remain.
8 years ago

Elephant Lovers group has taught me so much about our gentle gray giants.  I must say I didn't know who TYKE was, I didn't know about the beauty of elephants in the wild, or about the suffering of elephants held in captivity. 

On this day twelve years ago, TYKE stepped up and spoke out for herself and all elephants. She spoke for her captive sisters and brothers as well as her relatives, her species still in the wild half-way around the world. 

Today we visit TYKE's memory, relive her decision, suffer with her demise.   

Please take a moment to visit this link to join us by lighting a candle  in TYKE's memory.  Click on the elehug or candle below to access TYKE's candle group..

Click here to light a candle in TYKE's group          

    May TYKE continue to teach us compassion,

    continue to lift our spirits, continue with us

    while we deliver her story to others. 

Thank you to all the members of Elephant Lovers group for the opportunity to learn, to educate.  

Regards,  ABC De

8 years ago
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IN MEMORY OF TYKE WHO HAS NOW CROSSED INTO THE RAINBOW
Tears...
8 years ago

If only we could stop the shameful waste of animal life...This breaks my heart

Thank you for creating a special place for such a beautiful soul xx

Anonymous
8 years ago

.....

Oh Puleeeeeease!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRNSRMn2xhM&NR

Alan Campbell was full of cocaine and alcohol when he died. Tyke was beaten in public - WTF is this "No one knows what made this animals go berserk"

TYKE
8 years ago

GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS NOW AND FOREVER!

SHE IS IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE NOW ,SHE IS WITH JESUS!

I JUST WISH SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO GO IN SUCH A TRAGIC WAY!

IT MADE ME CRY THEN AND IT MADE ME CRY NOW!

  TYKE

7 years ago
I love  you Tyke!  You are an inspiration.  Its tragic that you had to succumb in such a horrible way, but hooray that you stuck up for yourself and said enough is enough. 
7 years ago
Michael C. Remembrance -- Tyke brought change ...... 7:15 AM
On 20 August 1994, the city of Honolulu entertained its last circus ­ for Tyke the elephant came to town. This 20 year-old performer had enough of her employer, the Hawthorn Corporation. She was tired of being leased out to circuses and amusement parks. She was tired of the dismal and dangerous working conditions: the routine beatings, untreated injuries and wounds, the constant travel. She was through with the lack and poor quality of food. She was through with the lack of sanitation and basic health-care. But most of all, she was through with performing ­ day in, day out.

It was only one year earlier that Tyke stormed off stage in Altoona, Pennsylvania, ripping off the building's doors in the process. Three months after that in Minot, North Dakota, she trampled her handler during a show and darted into the fairgrounds. In both instances, trainers were eventually able to calm her down. In Honolulu, though, Tyke was finished with her job. In front of hundreds of spectators, she killed her trainer, mauled her groomer, and ran out of the arena. On the street, Tyke chased down a clown and stomped the circus promoter. The police, true to form, wasted little time - firing 89 shots into the elephant. Ironically, in March of 1933, the Honolulu police similarly gunned down another recalcitrant pachyderm entertainer, Daisy.

Yet, contrary to what some readers may be thinking, Tyke's actions that day were anything but futile. In fact, hundreds of lawsuits were filed against the city, state, and Hawthorn Corporation. Public discussions intensified. Private individuals, who beforehand never thought about circus performers, were engaged and moved into activism. Animal-rights organizations were fueled. Outrage was voiced. Protests and boycotts were staged. The US Department of Agriculture (who oversees the industry) was consequently spurred into increased vigilance, enforcement, and prosecutions. In 1994, the federal government confiscated sixteen circus elephants from John Cuneo Jr. ­ the owner of Hawthorn. Indeed, Tyke's resistance that August day propelled the development of social change. She made history.

This is the last three paragraphs from an article here--

http://www.counterpunch.org/hribal04172007.html



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7 years ago
Tyke's story is a true inspiration
for all of us trying to make a difference
for these animals that depend on us
to protect them from our aweful human race
and its thirst for entertainment and blood.

My thoughts are with her all the time

Emily the Cow and Tyke the Elephant
7 years ago

An article "Emily the Cow and Tyke the Elephant, Resistance is Never Futile"

http://www.counterpunch.org/hribal04172007.html

7 years ago
Tyke's Anniversary is Monday, again.

I'll Never forget
7 years ago
13th Anniversary this year.
Just so nobody gets confused. this anniversary tribute was started 3 years ago.

7 years ago

Already 13 years!  for Tyke.  

We continue to deliver the message to the public to make them aware of the unnatural environment, the training, the abuse suffered by circus animal performers - especially elephants. 

And, we continue to deliver the message of Tyke's bravery. 

Tyke, continue to guide our efforts and help us to deliver this message with respect and dignity to the public.  Rest now, dear girl, we'll be out there for you, your sisters, and brothers too.

ABC De

7 years ago
Tyke's story is so sad and the photos actually make my heart hurt every time I see them. I just wish everyone everywhere could know of her story.  There wouldn't be any elephants or any wild animals in any circuses ever again.  Continue to RIP, Tyke!  We will never forget you!  
7 years ago
I didn't know Tyke, but it looked alot like self defense.  She was brave and wanted her freedom.
7 years ago
Tyke will always be remember and if she was left in her own environment and not ours she would still be with us.Bless her soul

7 years ago

 
 
for Tyke

Stolen from family,
beaten into submission.
they robbed you of even hope.
Day after frustrating day,
it was not living ,taking all
of your strength just
to cope.

With pain and fear
they bent your will
and pushed you
to the brink of despair.
Spirit uncrushed one final rush
to freedom knowing death
was waiting there.

The greatest sorrow is knowing
your only release came
with life blood flowing
in that dirty street.
Your mighty heart slows

til with the final beat

your only freedom

DEATH.

( we will not forget what people have done to cause a gentle creature to feel this was her only option ) laura August 19/2004
and every year after LL (2007)
7 years ago
Today is Tyke's 13th Anniversary.

Like I do every year, I ask that you tell others about Tyke, do a SHARE, cross post on myspace and email friend and family. Include the link to this thread so others can see.....

RIP my friend Tyke


7 years ago
May no one ever forget.  RIP brave girl! 
7 years ago
Rest in peace Tyke. You will never be forgotten.
7 years ago
Looking at those horrid picutures of your last moments on earth, I am crying for you and all the abuses you and other elephants have endured at the hands of "humans." I hope your spirit is out there and you know that many of us are working our hearts out to stop this unconscionable abuse. Rest in Peace, Tyke.
7 years ago

Tyke is in a better, peaceful place.  We shall never forget him.

 

7 years ago

Rest in Peace Tyke - you are not forgotten.

You may light a candle here for Tyke -

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=TYKE

7 years ago
Thank you, Michael. It was an honor to light a candle for Tyke!
7 years ago

7 years ago
  Rest in peace brave, beautiful girl. 
Tyke
7 years ago
We will NEVER forget what they did to you...and in your memory we continue to carry on the fight for the freedom of those of your precious kind.
NEVER AGAIN can this happen.
Watch over them, Tyke-keep them safe and guide us in how to continue to fight.
7 years ago
Only 13 candles?

wow she deserves so many more than that in her honor!

TYKE
7 years ago
           
7 years ago
GOD BLESS YOU SWEET TYKE--YOU TOOK YOUR ONLY WAY OUT! YOU ARE FREE AND WITH YOUR FAMILY NOW! I LIT A CANDLE IN YOUR HONOR!

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sweet Tyke
7 years ago

Poor Girl, we will never forget you Tyke!!

7 years ago
Tyke
A brave girl who took to the relentess beatings and made to perform.  She'd trumpted and Said Enough Is Enough !!   We will always remember you.  Rest in Peace with loves and hugs
7 years ago

I tried to avoid this thread. Sorry, it's still too painful for me to remember...even after all these years.

Rest in peace dear Tyke. You're in a safe place now. We love you and we'll always remember. We're fighting to save your cousins who are still with us, in honor of you.

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7 years ago

Tyke, i'm so sorry that i've never known the pain that you went through but reading and seeing what kind of a life you've had breaks my heart. Poor girl, not only you but so many others are going through hell when i speak. My heart goes out to all the animals who have to "perform". Taking away of their natural habitat and family, putting in a small cold place, no love, no caring, no respect..

Tyke, my candle is lit, for you and all the poor souls who have to endure humans satisfaction. You've crossed the bridge, you are safe now.

7 years ago
13 years already! I can't bear to look at that video of her murder, most sickening thing I've ever seen.
7 years ago
24 candles from 4 countries
7 years ago

Keep the candles burning for Tyke - she gave her life and brought about change

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=TYKE

7 years ago

I just found this video. I don't know if it is the same as the Peta video, but you don't have to install software to watch it. It is of Tyke's rampage and death as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtdCEw3SNKk

This is what happens after years of abuse.....

Anonymous
7 years ago
this picture at the top of this thread kills me everytime i see it.  the absolute horror in Tykes  eyes. 
7 years ago
Some real dimwits are posting on Tyke's video on youtube. I called her a hero and they are bashing at me.  You can vote on comments and comment too!
Its on the 2nd page of comments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNy97mV41qQ


Please speak out!
u are forever in my soul tyke
7 years ago
i remember the day i saw this and it is forever in my soul. as i look at these photos, i cry and i will cry forever for the elephany tyke that could take no more at the hands of man's abuse. only to be killed in the end at the hands of man once again. rest in peace tyke. i'm so sorry.
u are forever in my soul tyke
7 years ago
i remember the day i saw this and it is forever in my soul. as i look at these photos, i cry and i will cry forever for the elephant tyke that could take no more at the hands of man's abuse. only to be killed in the end at the hands of man once again. rest in peace tyke. i'm so sorry.
come back...
7 years ago

it is really sad that she was in Thailand... coz we have several elephant ..privately owned.. who have killed their trainers but never hurt... they are given the due respect... what we should understand is that what they want is due respect.... just like people when they dont get it they will rebel against it...

may peace be with you TYKE...

rest in peace my friend
7 years ago
there are ppl. working very hard for your anscestors so that your death may not be in vain. i'm so very sorry tyke and and many have learned of the sufferings you and your brothers and sisters endure. we will fight ! we will be the voice that they chose not to listen to. forever in my heart tyke. rest in peace sweet tyke.
R.I.P. sweet Tyke...you will NOT be forgotten!
7 years ago

That top photo of Tyke has been imbedded in my brain since the 1st time I saw it - it will never leave me.  It breaks my heart into a million pieces.  Tyke certainly did not deserve what she went through.  We put them through such pain and when they have finally had enough - we brutally kill them.  It's just so sad.  Here is a petition to re-Introduce HR 2929 the Captive Elephant Accident Prevention Act of 1999 to protect other eles from going through what Tyke did.  I'm not sure how current the petition is at this point, but I do see recent signatures posted.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/945552036

Anonymous
7 years ago

I don't blame you Tyke. I hope you did not die in vain and that humanity will see to it that elephants are not meant to be cooped up and abused. to see one day that the new generation of elephants will have a place of there own to roam free like God intended.

God bless your soul

You are one of my heroes
6 years ago

God bless you, Tyke! You were brave enough to inspire my days as a human being. Rest in peace,angel

August 20, 2008
6 years ago

In 13 days, the Anniversary of Tyke's sad death will be upon us.  I'm going to have a tatoo of Tyke put on my back so that when someone asks about it, I can tell them her sad, sad, story. I've never had a tatoo before, but this seems like just the right one for me.  Love, Eden 

6 years ago

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=TYKE

Wednesday August 20th will be the 14th anniversary of Tyke's death.  Join me by lighting a candle remembering Tyke. 

                            

6 years ago

Tomorrow...


ps - This year, maybe someone can tell the deeper story of Tyke, how she was originally named "Mike" after another male Mike.. I think thats how it goes... can someone who knows the story better chime in here?

Remember every year I ask everyone to educate at least one person in Tyke's memory...






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6 years ago

6 years ago

In memory of Tyke...

6 years ago

it won't let me light a candle or anything...........in memory of Tyke....................

6 years ago

I had no trouble lighting multiple candles this evening. Please add your remembrance candle too. 

I found this video of Tyke's freedom day... comments by Steve Hirano (man injured at the gate), spectator and daughter, as well as Chris DeRose from Last Chance for Animals. 

Advise viewer discretion:  was posted Dec 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wghTLgqaio



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5 years ago
Tyke's Anniversary.  

15 years now.  I vow to NEVER FORGET THIS DAY.


5 years ago

Me too, Echo, and I know there are thousands and thousands of us who have a very hard time getting through August 20th.  I'll be thinking of her all day and trying to keep the tears from flowing.  Progress has been made, just not enough and not fast enough.  I do think that the tide has turned and, with the latest undercover video exposing RBBB's continuing and current abusive treatment of, not only elephants, but the big cats as well, people will be spending their "entertainment" dollars somewhere besides the circus.  I like to think that Tyke didn't die in vain, and I hope that wherever she is, she knows that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of humans who love her and cherish her memory.

5 years ago
  WOW....how the time has passed.............but will never forget Tyke......
Tyke
5 years ago

I too will never forget dear Tyke cut down in that horrid act caused by cruel greedy abusive idiots. We will all keep fighting in her name until there is not one elephant living in circus or zoo hell!!!

5 years ago

Tyke is one of those individuals whose life was lost that reminds me continually why fighting for animals is so important. She will never be forgotten.

5 years ago

Light a candle for TYKE here.... TYKE group.

Tyke, we remember you today, fifteen years ago on this day, you made the sacrifice heard 'round the world.  You made the decision to protest your treatment in the circus, the sad lives of your sisters and brothers in other circuses.  We watched and listened to your protest, your death.  We continue still to educate the public about you... your life... your death.  

Rest in peace dear TYKE....

5 years ago

Nice to finally see a group like IDA doing a memorial for Tyke on this day.  It should be done every year!!

http://www.helpelephants.com/tyke_memorial_09.html

"Memorial We remember TYKE (1974 – August 20, 1994)

On this day, 15 years ago, Tyke he elephant had had enough. Before a circus-full of horrified spectators, Tyke killed her trainer Allen Campbell and gored her groomer Dallas Beckwith, then bolted from the arena and ran through the streets of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. She was on the loose for more than 30 minutes, and injured several other people - then collapsed after local police fired 86 bullets into her body. News reports said that it took nearly two hours for her to die.

Tyke was then a 20-year-old African elephant, owned by the now-notorious John Cuneo and his Hawthorn Corporation. She had a history of violent outbursts and had run wild on several previous occasions, but Hawthorn continued to rent her out for public display.

Tyke's death, excruciating though it was, created a legacy of awareness of the miserable lives of elephants forced to perform in circuses for our entertainment. This awareness has fueled an international movement to ban elephants and other animals from circuses, a movement that gains in strength daily. The Hawthorn Corporation, in 2004, was forced to relinquish all of its elephants. All but one of the survivors now live in sanctuaries. Tyke’s death should never have happened, but it was not in vain, and we honor her memory and her legacy."


5 years ago

I won't ever forget Dear Tyke.  She put the ultimate downpayment to proove what elephants in circuses endure & can not stand in how they are handled & treated.  Perhaps the footage prooves it was HER GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!!!!!!!!!!  THE FINAL " SHOW " for HER. 

5 years ago

I lite my candle for Tyke (saw that this morning Echo....the remembrance for Tyke at a time when Jewel and Tina are safe)....

I got an error though so I hope the candle is lite now....could not go back  (got this response
503 - Service Unavailable)

5 years ago

Dusty... your candle is burning.  Thank you for taking the time to light one on TYKE's anniversary.  I hope more will join the remembrance. 

5 years ago

I read that this morning and got very sad remember Tyke's tragic death.(

I hope your running and eating those great branches with some of your Angel friends Tyke. God Bless  you darling. 

Mandi

Tyke is a true hero
5 years ago

She is my hero, i love you tyke! you are truly a soldier and i know you knew what you were doing and why. Thank you for showing many the cruelties of circuses and their disgusting trainers. My tears are falling and i get sad every time i see the pictures of your death...but i know you did not die in vain. I hope someday all animal circuses will be banned completely. 

4 years ago

Just because.....

4 years ago

TOMORROW!

4 years ago

Dont forget to crosspost onto other sites like Facebook, twitter etc. Lets get Tykes anniversary a HUGE awareness campaign.

4 years ago

Every time I have a time-sensitive post, Care2 decides to freeze up and not show new posts for hours sometimes days.

<3 TYKE

Remembering Tyke
4 years ago

I lit a candle this evening for a brave elephant named Tyke who was brutally gunned down in HI. 

The senseless cruelty we subject so many animals with is simply unimaginable to me. We call them "dumb" animals but I believe it is people who are dumb. 

Before today, I'd never heard Tykes story and I can't bring myself to watch the video of Tykes death because I know I won't be able to stop crying, even to get a full nights' sleep and I must work tomorrow.

So tonight I lit a candle...

4 years ago

Thank you.
Candle lit here also always for Tyke.

Today's goal, enlighten someone. Tell Tyke's story, do a share, post on facebook, crosspost a link to this thread, send an email to friends or family and so on.  you can copy and paste any info from this thread.

Today Aug. 30 is a special day. 16 years ago and these circuses still go on!

We need to educate MORE. Tyke would have wanted it that way.


4 years ago

Tyke. Forever in our hearts.

Tyke - An Elephant Martyr
4 years ago

Bless you, Tyke.  Your horrible life and death will never be forgotten.  May no more animals be brutalized by circuses the way you were.  Let the name "Tyke" be our battlecry against all animal circuses everywhere. 

REMEMBER TYKE!!!!!!!!

SLAVERY AND RISK
4 years ago

ELEPHANTS ARE HIGHLY INTELIGENT, SENSITIVE,MENTALY COMPLEX ANIMALS. IN THAILAND THEY ARE STOLEN FROM THE HERDS AND FORCED TO WORK VERY HARD UNTIL NIGHT BEATEN, MANY INJURED, OTHERS STEP ON LANDMINES AND LEAD A LIFE IN PAIN. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/against-elephant-abuse-in-thailand AND NEIGHBOUR COUNTRIES. STILL GOING ON...


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3 years ago

thank-you for this story! 

3 years ago

How sad that things really seem to have gotten only slightly better since she revolted and was killed. There are still horrid circuses, especially the little ones the Cole Brothers come to mind) that do not care and only want to make a dollar off them. They are indeed slaves and I feel their pain whenever I protest with my group. I have to try not to think of the fact that /there are elephants inside doing things they don't want to do and living in conditions that are not good for them. Someday maybe. Of course there are the other elephants all over the world who suffer as well. It sure is hard to be happy when there is so much suffering.

Tyke
2 years ago

Thank-you for starting this thread, if you hadn't I may have never known who Tyke was. New to the Care2 community the endless stories here have renewed my childhood love for elephants, tigers & polar bears (plus every other animal at roams this planet).
It was heart breaking to read her story & to hear of her crying. I love you Tyke your premature death has not been in vain.

TYKE
2 years ago

Thank you for this news.

AUGUST 20th is a significant day again
2 years ago

Ivan the Silverback Gorilla, died on Monday (AUG 20) - he was mentioned in "From Animal Showboat to Animal Lifeboat" - he lived a long time in that box/room in that mall near Seattle...

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/ivan-the-gorilla-50-1503252.html

Ivan the gorilla, 50, dies at Zoo Atlanta

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Special Ivan the gorilla, 50, died following surgery Monday at Zoo Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

One of Atlanta's most famous residents died Monday following surgery. Ivan the western lowland gorilla was 50.

Though gorillas are considered geriatric after age 35, Ivan was one of four elderly gorillas living at Zoo Atlanta,

officials said Tuesday afternoon. He was also well-known as the "Shopping Mall Gorilla" after spending 27 years in a Tacoma, Wash., mall.

In recent weeks, Ivan lost weight and his appetite and was battling a respiratory illness, Hayley Murphy, the zoo's director of veterinary services, said Tuesday morning in an emailed statement.

Because of his declining health, Ivan underwent a diagnostic assessment by zoo doctors on Monday, according to Keisha Hines, zoo spokeswoman.

But Ivan never regained consciousness following the use of general anesthesia, Hines said.

"General anesthesia carries a degree of risk in any veterinary procedure, but these risks are compounded in an individual of Ivan's advanced age and delicate condition," Murphy said. "We are heartbroken that this proved the case, and Ivan did not recover from the anesthesia."

Born in the wild in 1962 in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivan had lived at Zoo Atlanta since 1994.

Ivan has no immediate survivors. A necropsy will be performed at the University of Georgia.


2 years ago

This song was inspired by Tyke's death..it's a Christian thrash band but they feel it too. 


Anonymous
Remembering Tyke: 10 year commermorative
1 year ago

Circuses are evil.

Tyke
1 year ago

I never heard of this horrible slaying of Tyke before now, and I am deeply saddened by this disgusting event that took place!! These things should never happen and they wouldn't happen if these beautiful majestic animals were left in the wild, instead some humans decide to make these poor creatures suffer endless hours of torture to train them to do stupid things that they are NOT meant to do just so they can entertain other humans!! Well I for one would much prefer to see them in their natural habitat, alive free and happy with no more poachers or hunters insight!!!! I hope Tyke's story lives on as a reminder of how wrong it is to keep all animals captive for human enjoyment!! http://dingo.care2.com/c2c/emoticons/elehug.gif