Better care for elephants

Better care for elephants

To the Editor:

There is a bill being discussed and at some point voted on at the State House in Boston.  This bill is of interest to all animal lovers and to all who would like a kinder more compassionate society.

I have sent a letter to each member of the committee that is reviewing and working on this bill.  Senator Dan Wolf is a member of the committee, although I do not yet know his view point. I’ve written, it has come to my attention that you will be discussing  Monday on a bill, #S1626, to reduce abuse and torture to elephants in our great state. I urge you to support this bill.  These amazing and sensitive animals are routinely tortured just by the fact that they are in captivity rather than roaming great territories, they are usually isolated in captivity when in fact  they are extremely social animals.  Like any wild animal they will only perform a human command if under extreme duress. The duress being the fear of being tortured. They know this fear because they have been tortured in the training process.

This bill addresses two types of torture routinely used by circuses such as Barnum and Bailey, carnivals, the film industry, the advertising industry, businesses that offer elephant rides, etc..  I believe that entire wild animal industry should be better regulated and made far more humane. This bill is an important step forward for Massachusetts.

For addresses and to read about the bill go to: Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development; Senate info: 617-722-1604; House info: 617-722 2015

For more about how elephants are trained and routinely mistreated in the name of entertainment go to PETA.0rg.

Suzanna Nickerson



  1. I have talked to the elephants, elephant to elephant and they tell me they like being in zoos and in circuses because they are well fed, have other elephant friends and enjoy kicking large balls and standing on pedestals for exercise and most of all they like the applause. One of them from Uganda said he was constantly chased by natives hunting for his horns and now his home here in MA is just swell. He wonders if Ms. Nickerson eats meat or only veggies or ”rips off the fowl” when eating eggs. One elephant told me that he is amazed at ”how compassionate we really are not towards fellow man and to get that right first and stop worrying about us”

  2. I talked to the elephants–elephant to elephant and they tell me they don’t want to be hunted in Africa for their horns, they like getting food delivered to them and they love playing with balls and standing on pedestals. They have plenty of company and they are much safer here in a zoo or with Barnum and Bailey than they were with hyenas and rogue lions back in the high grass. That is their position and they are sticking too it. They love working in India and other parts of Asia hauling trees and logs and carting tourists on their backs. In Thailand they get to play soccer and even hold a paintbrush and easel and are allowed to paint. They don’t think Ms. Nickerson really knows what it is like to be in their shoes.

    1. So glad to know you believe this amazing animal was put here to entertain and work for the benefit of humans. Your feeble attempt at a humorous response is in extremely poor taste, and proves you possess no knowledge of the topic.

      1. ”put here” by whom CooperMV?. Cooper are you another MV’er who is easily offended? We are called to be stewards of the earth and training elephants is not abuse. There is more abuse of elephants in their native homeland than in a circus or a zoo where they are fed and given medicine when needed. It is the airheaded impulses of overly sensitive liberals who spout that Zoos are abusive.