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June 13, 2013
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Open letter to the CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds regarding elephants

I understand that the argument goes we did it in the past, so we should keep some tradition and continue this practice of using live creatures to entertain us. I point out in the past we had slavery, and the medical community bled patients to help them recover when in fact the cure was no such thing. Often our memories of the past are much more positive than the actual reality.

Some traditions are best passed on, and as we grow as a people, we move beyond our past and progress to behaving more thoughtfully and humanely. At least that is the hope. Using these elephants to ride as a way to entertain our youth is setting a poor example for our children. Animals are live beings and deserve to be cared for thoughtfully and humanely once we domesticate them.

I urge you to forgo the elephant rides at the fair.

Susan Wallace, founder/attorney

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