While it might be nice to imagine that Roxy was a willing participant, a closer look reveals that that, of course, is not the case. The two keepers accompanying her are both holding an instrument known as a bullhook, a rod topped with a pointed, metal head which is used to poke and prod the animals' sensitive skin during training until they break and begin to submit to commands. Eventually, just the sight of bullhooks is terrifying enough to coerce elephants, like Roxy here, into performing bizarre and unnatural tasks.
There's a decent chance that funnyman Jimmy Fallon wasn't aware of Roxy's sad past, the duress she was under, or that the segment on his show was perpetuating a bitter future for her and others like her, but it's important that it be made clear: many animals paraded for entertainment, especially highly-intelligent ones like elephants and primates, have similar life stories.
As the host of one of the most popular shows on television, Fallon is in a position to set a powerful precedent by vowing to no longer feature animals on his show. If you agree, join our online petition, or tweet with the hashtag #FallonDropAnimalProps.