Julie Grosso: Abuse of elephants should bring criminal charges

Letter to the Editor by Julie Grosso, AFA’s Elephant Free Dane County campaign coordinator and advocate against elephants in circuses.

Julie Grosso: Abuse of elephants should bring criminal charges.

Dear Editor: A video was recently released showing “Water for Elephants” movie star Tai the elephant stunned by electric shocks and hit with large metal hooks.

Gary Johnson, a founder of Have Trunk Will Travel, claimed: “Tai was never hit in any way at all.” I viewed the disturbing video filmed at the Have Trunk Will Travel facility. This video shows elephants including Tai being beaten with bull hooks and crying out when repeatedly shocked with electric hand-held stun guns. Any owner or manager of an elephant that engages in abusive behavior toward elephants should face criminal charges. How many more of these videos do we have to witness before we end the cruel practice of using animals for our entertainment?

Julie Grosso

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Rick Bogle: Man ill-equipped to manage wildlife

Rick Bogle: Man ill-equipped to manage wildlife.

Alliance for Animals’ co-director Rick Bogle’s response to Wisconsin State Journal’s opinion on killing wolves.

Tuesday’s editorial on controlling the number of wolves in Wisconsin was a little misleading.

Your suggested course of action seems ill-conceived and there was no mention of the lesson that the current situation should teach us.

A controlled hunt is unlikely to kill the specific animals involved in the “negative interactions” you claim are common. Randomly killing some number of wolves every year will please only hunters.

You characterized the Conservation Congress as an “advisory group” and observed that all 72 counties recently approved killing wolves to control their numbers.

But you misled readers by failing to mention that the euphemistically named group is merely a hunting and fishing advocacy group. They endorsed hunting stray house cats a few years ago as well.

The lesson from the wolf (and Canada goose) reintroductions is that we are too shortsighted to make wise and compassionate decisions involving the management of wild animals.

If the end result of wolf reintroductions in Wisconsin is simply an occasional opportunity to kill a once-rare animal, then the entire endeavor was just a cruel joke on the wolves.

– Rick Bogle, Madison

Public Talk About Monkeys at UW Madison

The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center’s public relations specialist Jordana Lenon will discuss research and animal care this Thursday, May 19 at the Meadowridge Branch of the Madison Public Library.

This is a public event. Those concerned with the treatment of primates in experiments at UW Madison should make every attempt to attend.

The university reports using approximately 2000 monkeys annually in experiments ranging from always-fatal infectious disease experiments, highly invasive brain and eye experiments, and other dead-end experiments on fear, hunger, fetal alcohol exposure and hormone imbalances.

This is an incredibly rare opportunity to ask a direct question to the university PR spin-doctor about the university’s use of monkeys.

When: May 19, 2011 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Where: Meadowridge Branch of the Madison Public Library, 5740 Raymond Road, Madison, WI 53711
Link to event announcement

George Carden Circus Coming to Janesville

This just in from AFA Janesville where they will be handing out informative literature about how animals are treated in the circus on Tuesday, May 17.

WE NEED YOU! Once again, the circus “wagons” (overheated, poorly ventilated, cramped, stinky trailers and semis) are coming to town. We need to continue to set the tone that we don’t appreciate this kind of “entertainment” in our community. We need people to join us in holding signs (we have some, but feel free to bring your own as well) for both shows.

We will take care of talking with people attending and circus workers, as well as handing out educational information. All we need from you is your willingness to take a stand and a few hours of your time. 🙂 Show times are at 4:30 and 7:30, but they are advertising a “pre-circus party” an hour before each show time. So…let’s meet at 3 and 6 in order to catch people coming into the pre-circus party.

Please consider joining us for one or both demos. We have only a few circuses that continue to hit up our area, let’s keep up the pressure in order to put an end to this cruelty!

Let Les Blumreich (lesblumreich@hotmail.com) know if you think you’ll be able to make it. Everyone who wants to help stand against animal abuse is welcome, please tell your friends and spread the word. Thanks, everyone~ hope to see you there! 🙂

The circus will be on May 17, 2011 at the Rock Co. Fairgrounds on Craig St. right in the middle of a residential area of Janesville.