January 25, 2000

Honorable Dennis J. Kucinich
U.S. House Of Representatives
1730 Longworth
Washington, D.C. 20515

Re: Captive Elephants Accident Prevention Act - HR 2929

Dear Representative Kucinich:

I wanted to write you a brief note to thank you for co-sponsoring HR 2929, the Captive Elephants Accident Prevention Act, and to encourage your continued support of this bill.

Briefly, I support this proposed Captive Elephant Act because elephants have a special place in my heart. Also, because of their large size, it seems the confinements and conditions these magnificent creatures endure in traveling shows and circuses must be all the more stressful and frightening to them.

Additionally, elephants are an exceptionally social and family-oriented species and most circuses just simply do not have the means to care for their instinctive psychological needs (through herd socialization, etc.). Not only are they separated from their families, but often they are kept/housed separately from others of their own species in the circus environment. Additionally, in the wild these animals would travel miles and miles each day on their own, while in captivity they spend their days chained to walls or floor or locked in small enclosures which don't allow adequate movement and exercise.

Finally, the means of "breaking" these gentle giants for performance is most grotesque. It involves shackling them and beating them until they surrender to the will of man. I realize this sounds dramatic, but I've seen video tape (National Geographic's video "Elephants") demonstrating the breaking process and I, too, was broken by the mere sight of it.

In recent years several elephants--who have a life span similar to humans--have died prematurely due to mishandling and mismanagement by entertainment enterprises. And humans likewise have died when captive elephants have snapped, rebelled against trainers and charged wildly through crowds; or when poorly cared for elephants have transmitted tuberculosis to members of the paying public.

Again, thank you for signing on as a co-sponsor, and I am sure I can count on your continued support in outlawing the cruel and dangerous trade of elephants. Using animals in "entertainment" is not worth the harm to these sensitive, intelligent beings nor to their human spectators.

Thank you for sharing a moment of your time with me in reading this letter.

Sincerely,

Leigh-Anne Dennison


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January 25, 2000

Senator Mike DeWine
U.S. Senate
140 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington Dc 20510

Re: Captive Elephants Accident Prevention Act - HR 2929

Dear Senator DeWine:

You may or may not be aware that Congressman Sam Farr has proposed a bill in the House that will prohibit the use of elephants in circuses and traveling sideshows (HR2929). Representative Dennis Kucinich is a co-sponsor on that bill. I would like to encourage you to lend support to Representatives Farr and Kucinich and vocally support the Captive Elephant Accident Prevention Act. Further, I would urge you to consider proposing/sponsoring a similar bill in the Senate.

Briefly, I support this proposed Captive Elephant Act because elephants have a special place in my heart. Also, because of their large size, it seems the confinements and conditions these magnificent creatures endure in traveling shows and circuses must be all the more stressful and frightening to them.

Additionally, elephants are an exceptionally social and family-oriented species and most circuses just simply do not have the means to care for their instinctive psychological needs (through herd socialization, etc.). Not only are they separated from their families, but often they are kept/housed separately from others of their own species in the circus environment. Additionally, in the wild these animals would travel miles and miles each day on their own, while in captivity they spend their days chained to walls or floor or locked in small enclosures which don't allow adequate movement and exercise.

Finally, the means of "breaking" these gentle giants for performance is most grotesque. It involves shackling them and beating them until they surrender to the will of man. I realize this sounds dramatic, but I've seen video tape (National Geographic's video "Elephants") demonstrating the breaking process and I, too, was broken by the mere sight of it.

Senator DeWine, in recent years several elephants--who have a life span similar to humans--have died prematurely due to mishandling and mismanagement by entertainment enterprises. And humans likewise have died when captive elephants have snapped, rebelled against trainers and charged wildly through crowds; or when poorly cared for elephants have transmitted tuberculosis to members of the paying public.

Again, I hope you will consider proposing a similar bill in the Senate which would outlaw the cruel and dangerous trade of elephants for entertainment. Using animals in "entertainment" is not worth the harm to these sensitive, intelligent beings nor to their human spectators.

Thank you for sharing a moment of your time with me in reading this letter.

Sincerely,

Leigh-Anne Dennison




January 25, 2000

Senator George Voinovich
U.S. Senate
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington Dc 20510

Re: Captive Elephants Accident Prevention Act - HR 2929

Dear Senator Voinovich:

You may or may not be aware that Congressman Sam Farr has proposed a bill in the House that will prohibit the use of elephants in circuses and traveling sideshows (HR2929). Representative Dennis Kucinich is a co-sponsor on that bill. I would like to encourage you to lend support to Representatives Farr and Kucinich and vocally support the Captive Elephant Accident Prevention Act. Further, I would urge you to consider proposing/sponsoring a similar bill in the Senate.

Briefly, I support this proposed Captive Elephant Act because elephants have a special place in my heart. Also, because of their large size, it seems the confinements and conditions these magnificent creatures endure in traveling shows and circuses must be all the more stressful and frightening to them.

Additionally, elephants are an exceptionally social and family-oriented species and most circuses just simply do not have the means to care for their instinctive psychological needs (through herd socialization, etc.). Not only are they separated from their families, but often they are kept/housed separately from others of their own species in the circus environment. Additionally, in the wild these animals would travel miles and miles each day on their own, while in captivity they spend their days chained to walls or floor or locked in small enclosures which don't allow adequate movement and exercise.

Finally, the means of "breaking" these gentle giants for performance is most grotesque. It involves shackling them and beating them until they surrender to the will of man. I realize this sounds dramatic, but I've seen video tape (National Geographic's video "Elephants") demonstrating the breaking process and I, too, was broken by the mere sight of it.

Senator Voinovich, in recent years several elephants--who have a life span similar to humans--have died prematurely due to mishandling and mismanagement by entertainment enterprises. And humans likewise have died when captive elephants have snapped, rebelled against trainers and charged wildly through crowds; or when poorly cared for elephants have transmitted tuberculosis to members of the paying public.

Again, I hope you will consider proposing a similar bill in the Senate which would outlaw the cruel and dangerous trade of elephants for entertainment. Using animals in "entertainment" is not worth the harm to these sensitive, intelligent beings nor to their human spectators.

Thank you for sharing a moment of your time with me in reading this letter.

Sincerely,

Leigh-Anne Dennison


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