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Raju's 5th Rescue Anniversary, ChangChill Opens, UniverSoul Circus in the Elephant in The Room!

Urgent: Send Riverbanks Zoo Elephants to Sanctuary!

On June 19, the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden announced it will close its elephant exhibit! Now we must act urgently to ensure African elephants Belle and Robin do not remain in zoo captivity. Your voice is needed now to urge the Zoo to send Belle and Robin to an accredited sanctuary


ChangChill opens for business

June has been an incredible month for our wildlife and farming campaigns, which have reached new heights and generated exposure across the US.  We're so excited to share these highlights with you. Thank you for helping us achieve them! In 2017, Happy Elephant Care Valley began the monumental task of building Thailand's first ever elephant-friendly tourism venue.  The challenge? Transforming what used to be a cruel entertainment venue featuring captive elephants and an under-resourced staff, into a legitimate, high-welfare attraction. Along with several leading travel companies, we stepped in to offer our expertise and resources. 

Watch our latest documentary, Building an Elephant-Friendly Future, which captures this amazing journey from beginning to end and read more about the transition in the link below.

Chilli Tells UniverSoul Circus to Give Animals Some 'TLC' and Stop Using Them

Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas knows animals don't belong under the big top. So she's speaking out against UniverSoul Circus and urging it to end all animal acts. https://www.peta.org/features/chilli-...


Ingrid E. Newkirk writes that PETA and its' affiliates inspire caring people around the globe to shun the cruel use of animals for entertainment. Each week, we get results and, because of our persistence, stop massive animal abuse. Let me give you some examples:


PETA is providing an eye-opening glimpse of the misery that elephants and other animals endure in captivity. At a hideous zoo in Thailand, 4-year-old Gluay Hom and other elephants are tightly chained on concrete floors, jabbed with sharp weapons, and beaten to force them to perform for tourists. Many were seen suffering from bloody wounds, painful joints, and other ailments. Eyewitnesses also saw workers at the zoo striking crocodiles with bamboo poles and harassing a wailing tiger into allowing tourists to pose with him for photos. Such suffering isn't isolated to a single facility in a single far-off country—it's found wherever animals are chained, caged, and exploited for cruel entertainment.


In addition to inspiring families to shun zoos, circuses, and other exploitative animal "attractions," PETA and our affiliates are getting major corporations to end their support of cruel events. Last year, a PETA exposé of the King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament shut down that violent spectacle in Thailand—and after releasing horrifying footage from the Chitwan Elephant Festival in Nepal, we're working to end that ghastly event, too. By informing and showing its sponsors that elephants were beaten and gouged with bullhooks—leaving gaping wounds on their sensitive ears and heads—and struck repeatedly with other weapons to force them to "play" football and give rides, we persuaded a wave of big companies, including Renault, Carlsberg Group, and Everest Insurance, to cut ties with the festival. Now, PETA and our supporters are keeping the pressure on Mount Everest Group to do the same.

These exposés by PETA and our affiliates, like others before them, have a tremendous impact on the tourism industry by opening tourists' eyes for the first time. Following years of campaigning by PETA, Buddhist temple Angkor Wat—Cambodia's largest tourist attraction—recently announced that it will end elephant rides, setting a compassionate example that we will use to push other tourist destinations to follow suit.


It is only your support that makes this and all of our life-changing work for animals possible. Thank you for everything you do for elephants, donkeys, and other animals who count on us.


Raju's 5th rescue anniversary is now just two days away, and our team is busy with last minute preparations for a big celebration! Our goal? Shower Raju with love and treats, and let him know how much he means to us. 


Raju's rescue story inspired people from all over the world to help elephants. With that in mind, we recently set a goal of signing up 400 new monthly donors. As of today we are only halfway there, but with Raju as inspiration, we believe we can still achieve our goal.


If you've ever considered being a part of Elephant Rescues, now is the perfect time to start!

After nearly 50 years spent in chains, July 4th, 2014 was the day Raju was finally set free. His tears that day, captured in a snapshot, touched the hearts of millions and made him a worldwide celebrity. 

Thanks to your support, Raju has now enjoyed an incredible 5 years of freedom!

Yesterday, to commemmorate Raju's "rescue-versary," the team at the Elephant Conservation & Care Center put together some special surprises! Here are a few pictures from the celebration.





Elephant in The Room


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