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GLIN==> Re: E-M:/ Contact "Today" Show -- Demand Fair Reporting on Elephant Issue



Unless you can relate elephants to Michigan, please post remarks like these
on the PETA site.


----- Original Message -----
From: Bryon Lawrence <brymlaw@hotmail.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 4:19 PM
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Contact "Today" Show -- Demand Fair Reporting on Elephant
Issue


> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Enviro-Mich message from "Bryon Lawrence" <brymlaw@hotmail.com>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> What does this possibly have to do with Environmental Issues in the State
of
> Michigan.  Obviously the long-endured problem of posting inappropriate
items
> on this list has not been resolved.  Surely this is an item of interest to
> another discussion group.  Granted, this is an item of concern for those
> interested in elephants, however, the only environmental aspect of this
> article is that they (the elephants) were outside IN the environment.
>
> -Bryon Lawrence
>
>
>
>
>
> >From: LexAnima@aol.com
> >Reply-To: LexAnima@aol.com
> >To: althouse@lclark.edu (Scott Althouse), eenet@esa-online.org,
> >glin-announce@great-lakes.net (glin-announce@great-lakes.net),
> >enviro-mich@great-lakes.net, billysun@mail.chorus.net (Billy Stern),
> >ledyv@aspca.org, LHatFATE@aol.com, dlykken@tfs.psych.umn.edu,
> >karlyn@uslink.net, Alliance@allanimals.org
> >CC: superior-eco@great-lakes.net, wisc-eco@igc.apc.org,
> >pw-list@igc.apc.org,        nhw@hamptons.com, KathMeyer@meyerglitz.com
> >Subject: E-M:/ Contact "Today" Show -- Demand Fair Reporting on Elephant
> >Issue
> >Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 14:27:12 EST
> >
> >This morning, at approx. 8:45, on a cold, rainy day when temperatures
were
> >hovering below 40 degrees, the Today Show did a live shot with elephants
> >from the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey circus.  This is the second
time
> >in
> >two
> >weeks that the show has featured the circus, as two weeks ago Matt Lauer
> >did
> >an in studio interview with Sarah (Houcke?), their newest glamour girl
and
> >so-called elephant expert who trains them with "love."
> >
> >Today, Sarah appeared on the show with another trainer named "Randy."
The
> >two
> >elephants shown were Jewel,  40 years old, and Rebecca,  25 years old.  I
> >imagine they were waiting either outside, unsheltered, or in unheated
> >trailers since
> >the very early morning hours, awaiting their 15 minutes of fame on live
TV.
> >
> >Randy claimed that caring for the animals is 24-hour-a-day job, and then
> >did
> >a so-called pedicure on Jewel by making her put one of her feet up on a
> >stool
> >as he
> >supposedly filed her nails.  Host Matt Lauer asked how long the elephants
> >can perform, and Sarah said until old age like 60, 70 years, and then,
she
> >said,
> >they go to a "retirement home!"
> >
> >Lauer then asked if having the elephants stand on their hind legs was a
> >natural behavior, and Sarah claimed that yes, these are movements they
> >naturally do, but that they just "encourage" them to perform these
natural
> >movements.  She stated that elephants stand on their hind legs to get
> >leaves
> >off trees in the wild!
> >
> >Lauer, noting that it was cold, offered Sarah his coat (I think he draped
> >it
> >around her, was out of the room at that  moment) and the audience went "
> >Awww...." in approval of his chivalry.  Lauer  then stated, half
jokingly,
> >that the elephants didn't need the coat because "the elephants don't care
> >about the cold."  And then off to commercial, after which they were going
> >to
> >show some trained dogs.
> >
> >Please contact the Today Show to urge them not to promote such a cruel
> >enterprise and to present both sides of the circus issue:  e-mail:
> >today@nbc.com  ______________________
> >
> >
> >Ask "Today" to Present Both Sides of Circus Controversy
> >
> >The March 21, 2000, broadcast of NBC's "Today" show featured a one-sided
> >promotion of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that included
> >elephants and animal trainers. Contrary to the statements made by
> >Ringling's
> >trainers, elephants in the circus never have a nice day. Elephants in the
> >circus live
> >most of their lives in leg shackles, they are beaten with bullhooks to
> >break
> >their spirits, and they are forced to travel most of the in unheated and
> >uncooled boxcars. They often suffer crippling injuries from constantly
> >being
> >chained and forced to perform physically difficult tricks.
> >
> >Ringling has been cited repeatedly by the USDA for violating minimum
> >standards of care over the years. With Ringling's attendance declining
and
> >legislation being introduced at local, state, and federal levels that
would
> >restrict traveling animal acts, "Today's" Ringling promotion is
> >out-of-touch
> >with current views.
> >
> >Please contact the executive producer and politely ask that he present
both
> >sides
> >of the circus controversy.
> >
> >  Jeff Zucker, Executive Producer "Today"
> >  30 Rockefeller Plz.
> >  New York, NY 10112
> >  Tel.: 212-664-4249
> >  Fax: 212-664-4426
> >  E-Mail: today@nbc.com
> ><< message3.txt >>
>
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