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Living in an amusement park is no fun for the seven elephants at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Stabbed, jabbed, poked and hooked, the Six Flags Elephants are controlled through fear and pain. Recently, five elephants have died here. WE can stop this! Help!

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Rebecca S (160)
Thursday December 13, 2007, 12:49 am

Living in an amusement park is no fun for the seven elephants at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

If you visit the “Elephant Encounter,” notice the bullhooks in the hands of the elephant keepers. Bullhooks are shaped like fireplace pokers with a sharp steel hook at the end.

Bullhooks are used to stab, hook and hit the elephants in sensitive parts of the body. (Although elephant skin appears tough, it is so delicate that an elephant can feel the pain of an insect bite).

In public, keepers will prod the elephants lightly, In private keepers at zoos and circuses have been witnessed forcefully stabbing the hook in the soft tissue behind the ears, inside the mouth, around the anus, and in tender spots under the chin.

Six Flags keepers use force to train and maintain dominance over the elephants and make them do unnatural tricks and give elephant rides.

Six Flags crams elephants – who naturally walk 10 miles or more a day – into small spaces that cause them to develop arthritis and foot disease.

Recently, five elephants have died here from causes that include: severe arthritis and feet so infected they bled and oozed pus; massive infection from a dead calf decomposing in the mother’s womb, and an elephant herpes infection in a 2-year old baby elephant who was taken from his mother.

Elephants are highly intelligent and can live 60-70 years. The Six Flags Seven --Liz (43), Taj (67), Valerie (25), Tava (29), Malika (20), Joyce (22), Bertie (26) – deserve better than decades more of life in a noisy, crowded amusement park.

Don’t Get Taken for a Ride!

Elephant rides and shows are dangerous AND cruel... Six Flags is the only American Zoo and Aquarium Association-accredited facility in the country that allows elephant rides. For public safety and humane reasons, other zoos stopped elephant rides long ago.

Not only are the elephant rides monotonous for these highly intelligent animals – day after day walking in a circle for hours on end – they are also dangerous for the people who climb on the elephants’ backs. The constant stress of living in an artificial environment of a circus, zoo, or amusement park can drive elephants mad and cause them to rampage, causing serious human injuries. Since 1990 "performing" elephants have killed 12 people and injured 125

Six Flags Elephant Pushed to the Breaking Point..

...then Shipped to Utah. While at Six Flags in Vallejo, Misha was beaten up by other elephants, and, for more than four years, suffered a painful and massive abscess on her jaw. At one point, Misha’s abscess had a hole that was eight inches deep. Six Flags’ treatment included opening the abscess with a hoof knife and metal feeding tube. One time, the knife even broke and the tip was left in the wound.

Despite Misha’s “massively swollen” jaw, in May 2001 she was forced to repeatedly undergo artificial insemination using a surgical procedure that involves cutting a slit in the area below the anus. While heavily sedated for one attempt because she was “uncooperative,” a second procedure was done the next day with no sedation. As often happens, the incision site became painful and infected. By June, the site had begun to heal and she was noted to be “no longer urinating through the [incision] site.”

In Dec. 2001, Misha was confirmed pregnant. During her entire pregnancy, her chin wound was infected, draining and painful. In March 2003, Misha gave birth to a dead calf. Less than a year later, she was again artificially inseminated surgically, and the incision site again became infected. She did not become pregnant this time.

By June, 2003, Misha had had enough. She gored a trainer, piercing his body with her tusk. Miraculously, the trainer survived. Misha was isolated and kept alone for almost two years. In April 2005, she was moved to Hogle Park Zoo in Utah. Her chin abscess was still chronic and draining at that time.

All Six Flags Animals Suffer

Keeping wild animals in an amusement park is just not right. Unnatural conditions, cramped quarters, and noisy rides and crowds stress out animals at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and make them sick.

Dozens of animals – including 5 elephants, 2 orcas, and 4 dolphins – have died here in the past decade. We need to send the Six Flags Seven to a sanctuary before it’s too late.

Rebecca S (160)
Thursday December 13, 2007, 12:51 am

If we flood them with letters, we CAN make a difference!!!

What You Can Do

1) Join IDA’s Elephant Task Force

IDA is seeking volunteers who are interested in organizing leafleting activities at Six Flags and other zoos that have elephants. You will receive periodic updates and calls to action to help elephants currently suffering in our country.

Please visit or contact Melissa Gonzalez for more information.
Tel: (415) 448-0078 or Email:

2) Please write to Daniel Snyder, Chairman of the Board of Six Flags and owner of the Washington Redskins, and urge him to send the elephants to a sanctuary!

Daniel M. Snyder, Six Flags Chairman
Washington Redskins
21300 Redskins Park Dr.
Ashburn, VA 20147
Tel: (703) 726-7133
Fax: (703) 726-7124

Mr. Martin Lathrop
Park President
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
2001 Marine World Parkway
1001 Fairgrounds Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94589
Fax: (707) 644-0241

Rebecca S (160)
Thursday December 13, 2007, 1:44 am


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