Punk rock pioneer Joan Jett doesn’t give a damn ’bout her bad reputation — but she does care about cruelty inflicted upon elephants in the name of entertainment.
This staunch opponent of animal abuse, like many Ecorazzi readers, knows about the cruel training methods that Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) has used on its elephants featured in Britney Spears’ “Circus” video and in the cinematic adaptation of “Water for Elephants.”
Once this “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” singer found out that elephants from HTWT were to be a scheduled attraction at the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds — the same place where Jett will perform on June 30 — she immediately penned a letter to the County Fair board, encouraging them to not bring these elephants to town.
An excerpt of Jett’s letter reads: “I’ve seen the video footage released by Animal Defenders International that shows the owners and trainers with HTWT as they hit elephants as hard as they can with bullhooks and use electric shocks on the animals’ bellies… Please don’t allow the reputation of the fair to be tarnished by its support of cruel elephant rides.”
How will Joan’s letter be received by the board? Will it be enough to persuade them to send HTWT packing?