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Tina the Elephant from Vancouver will retire at the Elephant Sanctuary
May 31, 2003

After a concerted effort by people in British Columbia and around the world, Tina will not longer be going to be retiring at Bowmanville zoo.

In the world of captivity there is seldom a happy ending for the animals that perform for our entertainment. However, in this case Tina will be going to one of the only sanctuaries in the world that can look after her well being (mentally and physically).

Tina, was almost always referred to as "the ailing Asian elephant," is now headed to a blissful place, far from bullhooks, zoos and circuses.

For the full story on this saga please see the following links:

| For More information on Tina see : Friends of Tina |
| Tina the Elephant - The Globe and Mail - May 31, 2003 | Vancouver Sun - May 29, 2003 |



Discusses the trail between the poaching of ivory by killing Elephants, to the sale in the marketplace.

Take a look at what the elephant experts have to say about circuses | Circus Page |

  2. Unanimously condemned the training in captivity of 30 young elephants north of Johannesburg and called for their release. (October 20,1998)
  3. Court releases chained wild elephants (October 15, 1998)
  4. Ringling Must Pay $20,000 Over Death Of Baby Elephant (22 July, 1998)
  5. Circus Bylaw Passed in Shelburne, Nova Scotia latest town to prohibit performing animals (9 May, 1998)
  6. Delinquent Elephants Reformed in Swazi Sanctuary. (21 March, 1998)

February 21, 2000

In the Pretoria Supreme Court this morning, Judge de Villiers read the final sentence of his 140-page review judgement, 'The Application is dismissed with costs. This means that the Supreme Court has upheld the ruling given by Magistrate Herman Glas in December 1998 that the NSPCA seize the then thirty Tuli elephant calves held on the premises of Riccardo Ghiazza/African Game Services. Magistrate Glas considered this reasonably necessary to prevent cruelty or suffering to the elephants as a result of evidence led by the NSPCA's experts that the training methods being used on the elephants were cruel.

Today's result is a victory for the NSPCA and further confirms that it was fully justified in laying charges of cruelty to animals against Riccardo Ghiazza/African Game Services. All the legal costs associated with the review case will be for Ghiazza's account.

The Attorney-General's prosecution of the criminal cruelty case will begin on 22 June 2000 in the Brits Regional Court. We will keep you posted.

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Unanimously condemned the training in captivity of 30 young elephants north of Johannesburg and called for their release.
October 20, 1998

On Tuesday, five international experts condemned the training of the 30 young elephants from a wildlife export farm:

After inspecting the young elephants Joyce Poole said,  ''There is no doubt in my mind that they are being treated abominably. It is out-and-out cruelty.'' Daphne Sheldrick said, "They have been brutalized and chained so that they cannot even lie down and sleep. This is not an environment for baby elephants."

''This is about money,'' Moore said. ''And it creates maladjusted animals who would be a danger to people wherever they are sold.''

Glas is expected to make a ruling on whether to release the elephants or return them to their cruel owners.

for more information on what has happened go to The Stolen Baby Elephant Page

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Court releases chained wild elephants (NOTE: This ruling is under appeal)
October 15, 1998

Acting on cruelty charges from an animal welfare organization, a South African judge has ordered that the 30 young elephants be released from a wildlife export farm near Pretoria. Since their capture along the Limpopo River in neighboring Botswana in August, the 5-10 year-old elephants were being tamed so they could be sold to zoos and safari parks.

The cruelty charges were brought by Rick Allan of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. ``It's a great feeling to have them released,'' he said after the judge's action Wednesday. The elephants will be transported to a national park in Northwest Province.

For more information on what has happened go to The Stolen Baby Elephant Page

Ringling Must Pay $20,000 Over Death Of Baby Elephant
Government Charged Circus With Forcing Endangered Infant to Perform When Sick
July 22, 1998

Norfolk, Va. -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA's) and Kim Basinger's complaints to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) about the January death of a Ringling baby elephant named Kenny has resulted in an agreement between the USDA and Ringling that will result in Ringling' paying $20,000 to settle the case.

On April 16, 1998, Ringling was charged by the USDA for failing to provide veterinary care to Kenny when he was known to be sick in Jacksonville, Fla. According to circus whistleblowers, Kenny was "wailing" and his legs were "wobbly" when he was forced to perform in two shows on the day of his death. The baby elephant's body was removed during the night, but angry circus workers called PETA to report the circumstances of his death. A USDA spokesperson expressed disagreement with a Ringling news release issued late on July 21 that claimed that USDA charges were "dismissed" and failed to inform reporters of the payment required of it.

Article from PETA´s Circuses.Com Page: click to go to the source


Circus Bylaw Passed
Caged ElephantsShelburne, Nova Scotia latest town to prohibit performing animals
(9 May, 1998)

On May 6, 1998, the Town of Shelburne became fourth municipality in Nova Scotia to prohibit animals within their boundaries. Historical Shelburne, best known as the film for the Demi Moore film The Scarlet Letter, joins Digby, Argyle, and the Town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Councillors recognized the cruelty inherent in circuses and traveling shows and voted overwhelmingly in favour of the bylaw.

According to Gail Zwicker of the Nova Scotia Humane Society, "The people of Shelburne let their elected representatives know that the abuse performing animals is no longer acceptable. We're extremely pleased with the outcome and the message it will send to the performing animal industry".

Article From Zoockeck´s Web Site: Click to link to the actual source on Zoockeck´s site


Delinquent Elephants Reformed in Swazi Sanctuary.
(21 March, 1998)

The title of the article does not due to the justice to the story of a few small elephants spared the cull in Kruger national park a few years back, and also were spared the awful life of being sold to the US for circuses, zoos (the baby trade). They were sold to the Mkhaya Game Reserve in Swaziland.  The problem was that these poor little animals were not spared the trauma of seeing their mothers and families murdered in front of their eyes.

An interesting fact is that "similar young elephant sent to Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa's North West province have displayed such aggression towards tourists' vehicles and white rhinos - which includes rhino deaths attributed to the youngsters"

Ted Reilly, regarded as one of the fathers of Swazi conservation, has established a game reserve in which some twenty two species are being reestablished in the reserve including lion, elephant, sable, roan and white and black rhino. This article shows the forgiveness that elephants are capable of and something to learn and model in our own lives.

A Big Trumpet For Ted Reilly for his work with the young elephants

Excerpt from article:

     "Enter the Kruger orphans, the first pair of which came in 1995, the year before culling was (temporarily) stopped at Kruger. "We got two young bulls to test whether we could handle them," said Mickey Reilly. "It was a hell of a lot of work. They were incredibly traumatised so we kept them for six months in bomas, keeping them calm and unthreatened. Initially, they didn't trust people: they were repulsed by the smell of humans and they didn't like the sound of a vehicle. The next year another twenty arrived, half of them going to Hlane Royal National Park which has close association with Mkhaya and the Reillys. We literally mothered the elephants into the future, and they have flourished," said Reilly. "Now one can get really close to them without their getting annoyed or upset. Since they've been let loose in the bush, so far we've not had one incident of aggression. We go quite close, either on foot or in a vehicle, and we wait to see if they feel like being friendly. It's a mutual respect; we really love them and we believe they feel it because they are highly intelligent animals.

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