Elephant Abuse Reward Offered by PETA

PETA sometimes does things that some people find offensive to draw attention to their animal-related causes, but this new program could be quite effective, without riling anyone up too much. They just published a press release detailing their offer of $500 to employees of Quicken Loans Arena (located in Cleveland) who photograph an employee of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus physically abusing any of their elephants. At issue in particular, is the use of bullhooks or anything other steel/metal prods to strike an elephant. Hitting elephants with such implements often occurs out of view of the public, so photographing the act would help make PETA’s work of exposing elephant abuse less difficult.

“Elephants bear the scars of bullhook abuse and vividly remember the pain of them, but they need the help of people behind the scenes to look out for them.” said PETA Director Delcianna Winders. (Source: PETA.org)

Today it is fairly common for people to own cell phones with digital cameras capable of taking photos of a reasonable quality and the capacity to take multiple images. Some even shoot video and can send media via e-mail. These features on mobile devices are contributing to the citizen journalism trend, which is an aspect of what has been called the democratization of the media. Would you use your cell phone to photograph or record video if you saw someone abusing an elephant or other animal?

Image Credit: JackyR

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Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Thank you PETA.

Robin snackers
Robin snackers3 years ago

If i not have killed the trainer before i can take an foto or video,then yes

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson3 years ago


Victor C.
Past Member 3 years ago

I always hated circuses.They are cheasy and the people that work in them I always felt were shady.They are outdated and not etertaining I prefer something like Cirque De Soleil!!!

Kat Head
Katherine H.3 years ago

That's a great idea!

Lydia Price

Yes. Elephants are one of the most abused creatures in the circus. Many people believe big cats are next, but it is actually the horses who are #2 in the line of abuse. Then cats.

Ellen Emerson
Ellen Emerson3 years ago

Please boycott any circus who uses animals - there is no such thing as a happy circus animal except maybe a dog. Glad to see PETA offering a reward. I would happily do this for free.

Ron B.
Ron B.3 years ago

Yes, I would use a cell phone to record the abuse of other animals---if I owned one.

leanne mcivor
leanne Torio3 years ago

LOVE YOU PETA! the $500 reward is a good start - I would video animal abuse for free!!!

Jackie D.
Jackie D.4 years ago

Yes thank you PETA. I hope you do manage to catch the *#X!*s who cruelly treat these majestic animals.