Well, go figure — animal-rights group PETA doesn’t appreciate using pachyderms for a power wash. They’ve fired off a letterto the safari’s executive director, Dan Van Slyke, urging him to shut down the car wash.
The car wash “is a gimmick that does nothing to foster respect for this endangered species,” PETA says in the letter. “Instead of learning about the very real threats elephants face and what they can do to help, visitors come away with a cheap thrill.”
They also accuse the zoo of inhumane treatment, saying videos of the elephants washing cars show handlers using chains and hooks to get the animals to wash the cars.
The Wildlife Safari maintains that there is nothing inhumane about the car wash — for the elephants, it’s just playing in the water.
In any case, I’m just glad we’re talking about it. Don't you just hate it when there’s an elephant in the room and no one acknowledges it?
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