In Minnesota we have a great Renaissance Festival. Many people dress up in costume to attend, and you can see shows and buy wares you won't find at any state fair or other festival. It's some of the best people watching! The downside of this festival, however, is that people can pay to ride elephants and camels.
When I decided to attend the protest at the Renaissance Festival organized by the Animal Rights Coalition, a friend noticed that I RSVP'd to the event on Facebook and contacted me. She let me know that she knows the owners, and that the elephants are treated very well. Even though I don't know the owners, riding exotic animals is something I'll never support, no matter how "well" they're treated. Elephants are trained in incredibly cruel ways, and riding elephants you think are treated well encourages other people to ride them at the circus and when overseas - and those elephants are definitely not treated well.
I did some research on the exotic animals used at the Renaissance Festival, and these animals are rented from a place in Texas called Trunks and Humps. The owner of Trunks and Humps is Bill Swain. His son, Mike Swain, can be seen in the following video beating elephants with a bullhook and a golf club. Then he's shown kicking an elephant. Nice guy, huh?