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Animal Defenders International to discuss elephant abuse at Grass Valley public meeting

Meeting to show abuse

of elephants

Animal Defenders International will show Grass Valley citizens examples of the alleged abuse of elephants at Have Trunk Will Travel premises in Perris and answer any questions about the footage, on Monday.

The meeting has been called by a coalition of animal groups including ADI, and local lead group, the Center for Animal Protection & Education, which says that close to 100 people have already signed up to attend the event at the Holbrooke Hotel. The meeting will focus on the Nevada County Fair board's decision to continue with elephant rides at this year's fair.

ADI's undercover investigation of Have Trunk Will Travel, taken over an eight-week period, resulted in nearly 10 hours of footage and shows elephants being repeatedly beaten and electrically shocked with stun guns during routine handling and training, the group said.

"After listening to testimony from dozens of concerned local citizens, parents and children, the fair board chose to dismiss the option of cancelling the contract without even a discussion," said Shelley Frost, program manager at CAPE. "If the board thinks that a bang of the gavel put an end to this debate, they couldn't be more wrong. Nevada County residents have made it clear we do not want Have Trunk Will Travel bringing their abused elephants to our fair."

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the Holbrooke Hotel, 212 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

— The Union staff