THE ELEPHANTS ARE GONE!!!!  Six Flags sent their two surviving elephants to a facility in Oregon in 2015 and did not renew their contract with elephant abusers Have Trunk Will Travel.

We are leaving the information below so that you can know the history of Six Flags treatment of animals.

For decades Six Flags held elephants captive and forced them to perform in shows and give rides.  Since Six Flags Corporation took over the Park in 1997, seven elephants have died, mostly prematurely from captivity-related causes. In 2014, 34-year-old Bertie Mae was euthanized after she broke a hind leg.  Six Flags admitted that they were forcing her to practice a trick for a performance routine when she fell and broke her leg.  A broken leg is not a death sentence for an elephant unless she is at Six Flags.  Two elephants with broken legs went to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and thrived.  One of them, sixty-seven year-old Shirley, is still going strong. 

 Bertie Mae on a pedestal

Bertie Mae on a pedestal

  67-year-old Shirley enjoying life in a sanctuary despite a badly   broken rear leg

67-year-old Shirley enjoying life in a sanctuary despite a badly broken rear leg

 After Bertie Mae’s death, the Park dumped the last two surviving elephants in a facility in Oregon, which was listed in In Defense of Animals’ 2015 Worst Zoos for Elephants (the facility did not pay for Liz and Valerie).  The elephants could easily have gone to PAWS’ sanctuary two hours away in San Andreas where they would have had room to roam and freedom from the abuse of bullhooks (weapons shaped like fireplace pokers designed to inflict pain).

Six Flags now contracts with notorious elephant abusers Have Trunk Will Travel to give elephant rides.  You can watch the handlers’ brutal training techniques in this undercover video provided by Animal Defenders International (Be sure to notice how often they "hook" the elephants in their sensitive ear canals):  http://bit.ly/1GqkJ33

 

Kitty (above), Becky and Dixie are the elephants from Have Trunk Will Travel forced to walk in endless circles for hours at a time, giving rides to people who don't know better.  Have Trunk Will Travel is well known for hitting their elephants with bullhooks (weapons that resemble fireplace pokers), shocking them with stun guns, and chaining them for as many as 12 hours a day.  The purpose of the abuse is to break the elephants spirits. Then the handlers need only to carry a bullhook to remind the elephants of the abuse to get them to follow the commands.  

 Gary Johnson, co-owner of Have Trunk Will Travel, shocking an elephant while she stands on her front two legs.

Gary Johnson, co-owner of Have Trunk Will Travel, shocking an elephant while she stands on her front two legs.

 Kari Johnson, co-owner of Have Trunk Will Travel hitting an elephant with a bullhook  Both images provided by Animal Defenders International.

Kari Johnson, co-owner of Have Trunk Will Travel hitting an elephant with a bullhook

Both images provided by Animal Defenders International.