I want to assure every HSUS donor that in the end, not one penny of your dollars will go to Feld. Fortunately, insurance proceeds are expected to cover a substantial portion, if not all, of the contributions from the Fund for Animals and The HSUS toward the collective settlement by a dozen parties. What insurance doesn't cover, the Fund will pay, but we hope it's a very small sum or none at all.
But with the funds Feld is receiving from the many parties to the case, The HSUS urges the company to combat the killing of tens of thousands of elephants for their ivory. An additional $15 million can save countless elephants, by putting more armed guards on the ground or by working to reduce demand in ivory-consuming countries.
Circuses say they are good to elephants. Help these elephants in crisis, and you'll help your company's reputation as simply profiting off the lives of these creatures.
That reputation of the company as uncaring toward elephants is becoming more deeply embedded in our culture. Recently, The Scientific American editorialized against the keeping of elephants and orcas in captivity, citing their great intelligence and the indignities they have long endured in captive settings. Just this week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an ordinance, passed unanimously by the city council, to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants. Several states are currently considering measures to ban the use of bullhooks and over 20 countries worldwide have passed national restrictions on the use of elephants and other exotic animals in circuses. Today, we learned the National Aquarium in Baltimore announced that it is considering an end to the display of dolphins at its facility – another marker of the rising tide of concern about keeping highly intelligent mammals in captivity.