Beulah the elephant has been on the road for more than 20 years, traveling with the Commerford Zoo, where at every stop she is forced to have children ride on her back as they kick and prod at her or pull on her sensitive ears. She is over four decades old, and is overweight and unhealthy. The Commerford Zoo has already been cited by the Department of Agriculture for the mistreatment and abuse of their animals and has a long list of Animal Welfare Act violations.
The Commerford and Sons Traveling Petting Zoo, is a family owned road side petting and riding zoo.
They keep three elephants. Beulah, Karen & Minnie. Beulah has been on the road for over 20 years. She was born wild and captured in Myanmar in 1967. She is nearly 50 years old .She arrived at R.W. Commerford and Sons Traveling Petting Zoo (Robert Commerford) 1973-04-23. She was just 6 years old.
The zoo has been cited by the US Department of Agriculture for mistreating and abusing their animals. I have just read through four pages of violations from the USDA. These animals are not treated properly. They are unhealthy and should have immediate medical care. Beulah suffers from a foot disorder,they all three have been found to have excessive accumulation of necrotic skin on their heads. Minnie has behavioral problems, and should not be around the public. 1989: An elephant handler was attacked and critically injured by Minnie after he struck the elephant with a bullhook while two children were riding on the elephant’s back. Minnie picked up the handler with her trunk and threw him against a trailer, breaking his shoulder and jaw.
These elephants are being abused, and dragged around the country in poorly constructed trailers. This is animal abuse. It causes Beulah great pain and discomfort at her age to be giving rides. She has been a slave for human entertainment and financial gain for 20 years.
These majestic animals should have never been treated like this. The USDA has fallen on their face once again, by not looking after these elephants.
The time has come for the people to take a stand for these innocent animals.
This is not the life Elephants were meant to live.
BEULAH NEEDS IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.
IT'S PAST TIME THIS CRUEL ROAD SIDE ZOO RELEASE ALL THEIR ELEPHANT'S IMMEDIATELY TO A SANCTUARY SUCH AS THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY IN TENNESSEE.
There, they would have the opportunity to roam acres of natural habitat, play in a pond, forage for fresh vegetation, befriend other elephants, and enjoy a full, healthy, and enriched life.
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