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URGENT! OPPOSE Have Trunk Will Travel's Wildlife License Renewal By April 22nd ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !


Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, cruelty, environment, protection, suffering )

Cher
- 360 days ago - ad-international.org
Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), suppliers of elephants for movies, circuses, county fairs, parades, and TV advertising, has applied for the renewal of their Captive Bred Wildlife (CBW) permit "...in order to maintain the ability to buy, sell, barter



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Cher C. (1462)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:14 am



Our investigation of Gary and Kari Johnson’s training methods, and their own defense of those methods, clearly indicates that the way elephants were treated should be classed as harm and harassment. HTWT has breached the Endangered Species Act and should not be granted a renewal of their permit.

Urgent! Please Take Action
The deadline for the public to submit comments to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for this application is April 22, 2013.

Please send your polite comments to DMAFR@fws.gov making sure to include the following:
The Federal Notice publication date – 03/22/2013
The application number - PRT-808265
The name of the applicant – Gary Johnson

Thank you.


 

Pat B. (351)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:14 am
W/do. TY,Cher.
 

Natasha Salgado (456)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:55 am
Email sent,thx Cher.
 

Constance F. (434)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:58 am
Thank you for posting ! sent email Friday 4/19 to DMAFR@fws.gov Here is a sample letter that was provided in the action. People can use and revise if they want.

Ref :
1. Federal Notice publication date – 03/22/2013
2. application number - PRT-808265
3. name of the applicant – Gary Johnson


To whom it concerns,

I an writing regarding the renewal permit of the Captive Bred Wildlife for Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), suppliers of elephants for movies, circuses, county fairs, parades, and TV advertising, and strongly implore you to deny HTWT's renewal permit.

A disturbing footage of ADI shows elephants crying out as they are electric shocked and beaten with bullhooks.
The scenes of baby elephant Tucker being hooked in the mouth and brutally hit over the head with a bullhook were heartbreaking. Tai, Becky, Dixie, Kitty and Rosie range in ages from their late twenties to late forties.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=L1AvNGWAkCY
Elephant Training at Have Trunk Will Travel

Those who have seen the footage of Tai and the other elephants being beaten and given electric shocks will be horrified at the thought that HTWT could be licensed to continue keeping elephants for another five years.
It should be remembered that HTWT has not denied the treatment of the elephants, instead claiming that they“…stand by our care and training methods.”

ADI's investigation of Gary and Kari Johnson’s training methods, and their own defense of those methods, clearly indicates that the way elephants were treated should be classed as harm and harassment.

Wildlife vet describes training at elephant suppliers Have Trunk Will Travel: “Nothing rivals the cruelty I have witnessed over the last few days.”
Animal Defenders International has released shocking footage from our 8-week undercover investigation of Have Trunk Will Travel, where elephants used in the movies Water for Elephants, Zookeeper, Britney Spears’ circus video and many other ads and shows, were trained.
The footage below shows the animals being beaten and electric shocked with stun guns, to perform the tricks seen in the movies and other performances, including:
Have Trunk Will Travel owners and trainers using stuns guns and beating animals with bull hooks
Have Trunk Will Travel boss Kari Johnson viciously striking an elephant
A baby elephant being hit over the head and dragged by the trunk
Elephants chained by the legs barely able to take one step back and forward (the elephants were being chained from 6.30pm to 6.30am, 12 hours a day)

The suffering at Have Trunk Will Travel has received universal condemnation around the world from vets, elephant experts, zoo industry insiders, and the public.
HTWT has breached the Endangered Species Act and should not be granted a renewal of their permit!

 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 9:20 am

Letter composed and mailed, not nearly as eloquent as Constance. Well said, Constance.
 

Debbie Williamson (244)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:04 am
Email sent.
 

Barbara D. (107)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:10 am
NS& e-mail sent.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (458)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:30 am
thanks
 

Marlene Dinkins (225)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:09 pm
noted signed !!!!!
 

Mary T. (261)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:30 pm
Cher - sending an email, so sad to hear the stories of abuse - Mary
 

naomi cohen (62)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:03 pm
signed! thank you, cher.
 

Robert O. (12)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:10 pm
Thanks Cher.
 

Pam Parsons (7)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 2:17 pm
I will do it now.Thanks for the info.
 

Michael Kirkby (80)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 2:25 pm
Done
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 2:54 pm
Noted.
 

Richelle Rausch (43)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 2:56 pm
So sad that humans are evil enough to continue abusing elephants.
 

Ruth M. (250)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:52 pm
Sent & noted
 

Ruth S. (388)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:56 pm
Done
 

Birgit W. (135)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:08 pm
Thanks
 

Christine Stewart (130)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:06 pm
Letter sent. The photo above is telling- look how the trainer is menacing all the elephants with the bullhook. Terrible.
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:27 pm
Email sent.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 6:43 pm
signed
 

Nigel Goodman (2)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:27 pm
SIGNED and sent
 

Julie E. (247)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:36 pm
Done! Thanks Constance!
 

Leslene Dunn (64)
Monday April 22, 2013, 12:29 am
Signed and sent.
 

Danuta Watola (1159)
Monday April 22, 2013, 1:40 am
noted
 

Giana Peranio Paz (367)
Monday April 22, 2013, 2:10 am
Noted.
 

AniMae Chi (360)
Monday April 22, 2013, 2:13 am
HOW DARE THEY!!!!

EMAIL SENT!

Thankyou Constance, i revised your letter.
 

Isa Villanen (44)
Monday April 22, 2013, 7:07 am
Read, e-mailed, noted, and feel disgusted.
 

Sara P. (54)
Monday April 22, 2013, 10:14 am
Noted, thank you Cher.
 

Farah Hage Ali (146)
Monday April 22, 2013, 11:49 am
noted, thank you for sharing
 

Inge Bjorkman (98)
Monday April 22, 2013, 11:54 am
email sent
 

Don R L. (0)
Monday April 22, 2013, 12:44 pm
I have personally visited HaveTrunkWillTravel and was most impressed by the care given the elephants, and upkeep of their living environment. Mr Johnson has worked with large animals like these for > 40 yrs. It shows in the care and professionalism that is displayed. Compared to any zoo I have visited on both coasts, Milw, Chicago and central America - these elephants are very well cared, and protected. Unknowing individuals [that means ignorant] that do not have the facts should not place any comments; positive nor negative. Thanks for the letter info on PRT-808265 - I submitted an informed, positively supporting letter! Don
 

Dianne D. (450)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 11:50 am
sent the email today. Did not open up email until now.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:05 am
noted, passed deadline for action
 
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