Texas A&M University boasts that its core values are excellence, integrity, leadership, respect, and selfless service—but these qualities are absent as the university moves forward with plans to continue an archaic tradition of exploiting elephants and supporting an industry of cruelty and abuse. The Elephant Walk, an event designed to pay homage to exiting seniors, has traditionally hosted a live elephant. Join PETA in urging Texas A&M to wake up to the age of compassion for others!
Captive elephants exploited for rides, photo opportunities, or other publicity stunts are denied everything that is natural and important to them. These emotionally complex animals are similar to humans in their ability to experience joy, fear, pain, sadness, and grief. They also have a strong need to socialize. In captivity, they endure isolation, prolonged chaining, and routine beatings. Many elephants are carted around the country and forced to “perform” under the threat of a bullhook, a sharp metal weapon that resembles a fireplace poker and is used to strike and jab elephants on the most sensitive parts of their bodies.
There is no excuse for an institution of higher education to be promoting cruelty, especially among this generation of compassionate and socially aware students. Speak up for exploited elephants TODAY and ask Texas A&M to be true to its core values by compassionately carrying on its tradition without the use of a live elephant.