Elephants are smart, emotionally complex animals who form tight social bonds and help each other care for and raise their young.
But the adult and young elephants at the Hanover Adventure Zoo know no such life. They only know the daily routine of training, performing and pain when they don’t comply.
“Without doubt, this video displays just the tip of the iceberg of what these elephants endure, yet the zoo director still claims that their elephants are trained with kindness,” Blais said.
Elisa Allen, PETA U.K. director, added in a statement that zoos should “ask the public to donate to programs that protect animals in their native habitats, rather than turning them into living exhibits."