jimmy fallon
by Natalia Lima
Categories: Animals, Causes, Entertainment, Film/TV.

Dear Jimmy Fallon,

We love you. We really do. But we have some beef with you, which is kind of ironic since most of our staff is either vegan or vegetarian.

Last night you featured a beautiful elephant named Roxy on your show. She picked you up by her trunk and stomped on some fruit. The crowd loved it! Then your ‘animal expert’ (how do you even become one of those anyway?), Jeff Musial, taught everyone about the sad reality of elephants saying “People don’t understand, they’re disappearing so fast in the wild that conservation is a big thing with these guys.”

Did he tell you how Roxy got there, though? Because it’s been a rough and torture-filled journey. Even worse than what the people in charge of editing together the Brian Williams rap videos go through (seriously, how long does it even take them to do that?!). Roxy was taken from the wild to star in the Tarzan Zerbini Circus. They’ve been cited by the USDA for their poor treatment of animals. In fact, in 1999, they got in trouble for not giving Roxy proper veterinary care for a swollen foot.

After she retired from the circus life, she went to live in Florida, but the Two Tails Ranch where she lives is no relaxing condo with an ocean view. It’s actually owned by the circus owner’s daughter, Patricia Zerbini, and she rents out elephants for events like your show.

I know what you’re thinking. Okay, so she needs to work sometimes instead of just sitting around. No big deal. So do The Roots, right? Except that her awesome tricks aren’t really something she does willingly. To get her to do her performance, her trainers use something called a bullhook, a rod topped with a pointed, metal head. Imagine having to rehearse for ‘Tight Pants’ while someone keeps prodding you with a sharp metal object that pierces your sensitive skin until you get it right. Not fun. Eventually you’d become terrified of that bullhook and just the sight of it would be enough to make you start moving your hips. That’s why the trainers who were with you on stage were carrying those. They were a threat to Roxy.

Jimmy, we know you’re awesome and that you must love animals. You trusted your own dog to predict America’s next president, for goodness sakes! He may have gotten it wrong, just like you when you sided with Liam Neesom on the New York horse carriages issue, but, hey, we all do things we regret sometimes, right? Just ask J.Law about the time she asked J.Lo to dance after you and her had way too many drinks.

The point is, we know you’re better than using tortured, sad animals like Roxy for entertainment. You are a major player on television and you could set a tremendous example by vouching not to do that anymore. There’s even a petition urging you to do that. It’s not like those live animals can do anything funnier or more impressive than Hashtag the dancing panda anyway.

Sincerely,

The Concerned Animal Lovers at Ecorazzi

Via The Dodo

  • WickedCats

    He supports Liam Neeson’s cause to keep carriage horses working in NY. Do you still like him?

    • Debra Moore

      I love JF and The Tonight Show. But I disagree with both MR Neeson AND Jimmy for featuring an elephant. Period.

    • Randie J Blumhagen

      LOVE him even more for supporting our wonderful carriage horses!! a celebrity with brains!

      • Alexis Kaiser

        Agree Randie.

    • Ricka Smith

      I love that he supports the NYC Carriage Horses – do you know what will happen to those well cared for, well loved horses if they lose their job? Do you know how many wild horses there are in the US and what happens to them? Keep the NYC carriage horses in their happy, loving homes, doing what they love to do.

    • Iheartzooanimals

      asking a question when you don’t know the answer makes one look foolish. We not only like him for that, we adore him for that. And that’s why he won’t pay you a lick of attention. You don’t watch the show, you weren’t in that audience; you don’t mean anything to his sponsors or his success…he knows exactly what he’s doing and you will never change him. He’s not a PETA porn addict–but you would love Bill Maher. You should go drool over a.a.p. with him.

  • Debra Moore

    FANTASTIC.

  • Randie J Blumhagen

    Oh PLEASE educate yourselves! Jeff Musial is an expert in animal care. Roxy thrives in her environment. Spreading propaganda and anti-animal agendas is dangerous. GO Jimmy — thanks for supporting animal experts and not caving to the haters.

    • Ellen

      i’m sorry? where the fuck did you hear that Jeff Musial was an expert in animal care?? he is an animal abuser who would prefer to give jimmy little scares and make the audience laugh, than care about the well being of his anxious little animals. he is known to have several animal abuse charges against him. do not belittle yourself this much to think human entertainment is more important than the welfare of animals.

  • Jen Smith

    You whacky kids ought to stick to what you know, which is apparently nothing about how these animals are trained or kept. Obviously picking up your “knowledge” from animal rights videos, blogs and facebook memes. Yes, there was a time when elephants were captured in the wild and used for training/entertainment purposes, but that practice was stopped (in THIS country) in the 1970′s. Roxy is 49 years old and was obtained in 1965. Since you’ve never set foot inside the gates at Two Tails Ranch, and since you apparently want to see elephants treated in a humane manner, my suggestion is to call Patricia Zerbini and ask HER about how her animals are cared for — she may even give you a tour. Before you trash her and her operation, I would encourage you to do what any responsible activist/reporter/researcher would do and try a primary source for your information.

    • Randie J Blumhagen

      Thank you for providing intelligence and facts @disqus_GloikUF0i3:disqus

    • voice of reason

      If someone is willing to rent out an animal in their care for “entertainment,” that tells you pretty much everything you need to know right there. If Roxy is so willing to do these “tricks,” why were her trainers standing behind her with the necessary punishments if she didn’t perform? There is ZERO reason for an elephant to be on the stage of a talk show. ZERO. Oh people were entertained, you say? Yeah, well people used to enjoy watching gladiators fight to the death, too. It’s 2014. We should know better.

      • Iheartzooanimals

        Animals that are afraid or angry do not want your food. They are not hungry. They will not give you a gentle ride on their trunk. They will shut down. Heaven help the person who tried to make that elephant girl do something she didn’t want to. Besides, the only thing a person would get from trying to beat an elephant up with that toothpick is exhausted. Or worse… I’d like to see one of these big talkers try…at their own risk. I’d say they should put their money where their mouths are but that’s likely the problem in the first place. People with money envy say the darnedest things…

      • Gary Payne

        Thank you! You are correct.

      • Jen Smith

        Why do you anonymous people think that ANY animal who is abused will perform or do anything but stand and do nothing or lash out at their abusers? Newsflash — she wasn’t performing, she was doing what we in the civilized world call “eating”. Novel concept, but it does happen. Step away from YouTube, PETA, and HSUS, and fish out some primary sources for your information. You may have to admit that you previously did NOT know what you were talking about, but your newfound, factual knowledge will be a breath of fresh air! :)

      • Iheartzooanimals

        you don’t understand, Jen–these death fetishists do not like images of animals and people being happy together. In order to satisfy their lust for visions of violence to animals they must invent a cruel scenario from it in their ghoulish, sadistic little minds. PETA and HSUS provide the a.a.p. (animal abuse porn) for them in youtube to hook them into watching and sharing and turn them into their free army of mouthpieces and recruiters of more a.a.p. addicts. That translates to donations. They watch it for hours, over and over and try to stick it in normal people’s faces because they are exhibitionists who get off on being shocking and repulsive. Facts would not be a breath of fresh air—it’s only their a.a.p. that gets them breathing hard. Once people understand that they will understand what the Animal Rights movement is all about. The rest is irrelevant.

      • http://poutine.tk/windows58/moocow.php Bendier Johnson

        {{{…ghoulish, sadistic little minds. PETA and HSUS provide the a.a.p. (animal abuse porn) for them…}

        And you ove to comment and vex about these folks for “hours and hours”, huh?

      • Gary Payne

        It’s great to see some really educated people commenting! Thank you truth!

      • Belynda Zolotto

        Hey, Jen let’s not forget the great work of ADI while speaking of the other greats like PeTA and HSUS errrrr NOT!

      • Gary Payne

        I don’t know anyone who has ever worked with an animal using “punishment” as you allege. I have actually witnessed training sessions and they are not even remotely as you allege. You’ve seen one propaganda video too many.

      • Bob Mogulnicki

        you HAVE no clue do you ?
        The ankus in the right hands has nothing to do with beatings … Scone on now !
        If you haven’t visited and seen the ranch first hand – or met Patty you have no right saying the things you are without proof .

    • Laurie

      Jen, I’ll be nice and just say you need to do a little more research. LOL , but thanks for your rant, it was entertaining to say the least.

    • Frank Garrett

      Elephants weren’t put on earth to amuse humans!

  • Alexis Kaiser

    What a load of crap. That was a brilliant piece on Fallon the other night. It was obvious everyone was enjoying themselves. Really, these fanatics have to be a damper on everything as they glaringly reveal their lack of knowledge, as well as their hatred of anyone or anything to do with the animal industry. Bravo, Mr Fallon and hope to see more of this on your show!!

    • Gary Payne

      Applause for Mr. Fallon! Great show!!

    • http://poutine.tk/windows58/moocow.php Bendier Johnson

      Everyone was enjoying themselves…
      except the elephant.

  • Michael Haberland

    What a truly unique experience for not only Jimmy Fallon but also for the other guests, his band and staff and the audience! The large majority of the public loves to see and feel live animals which in turn strengthen their desire to help and protect them. The proof is with the ohs and ahs from the entire audience with the largest cheers for the largest guest Roxy! Circuses and zoos do more to save not only elephants but all animals from extinction in one hour through hard work and studies and financial support than all animal rights terrorist groups combined have in over a decade of PR stunts and protest.

    • Gary Payne

      We need MORE of the point of view of those who live with animals such as at zoos, circuses, and aquariums. Their knowledge and their manner of teaching (via entertainment) is invaluable and integral to the survival of endangered species. I support responsible circuses, zoological parks, private owners, and places like SeaWorld! Much of what they do will preserve animals in the wild via the teaching and coachable moments that animals in human care can provide. Stop and think for a moment about how much you have learned from the family dog!

    • Uncle Vodka

      In order to “save” the elephants, the circus had to torture a few.
      And Edison did even better! He electrocuted an elephant (very slowly) and the crowd cheered.
      PETA may be stunt-crazy, but they DO serve a purpose- they awaken our senses and altruism.
      A hundred years ago, people described suffragettes the same way they describe PETA now.
      And 140 years ago people referred slave abolitionists as crazy kooks.
      Why?
      Why did they get so upset? Think about this, as you get upset over the “animal rights” movement.

      • Michael Haberland

        There is absolutely NO comparison between the horrific civil rights violations of humans and animals in entertainment. Performing animals are treated better and more humane and comparing their conditions to humams is racist and bigoted.

      • Uncle Vodka

        You speak from the perspective of a person in 2014. Or should I say, a person more likely in 1980.
        I am sure that a century+ ago, you would have applied the same argument to the respective situations back then. “performing animals”.. sure…
        Who knows? Perhaps you might have had these ideas even in the 1950s- I remember many Americans had them. I assume you were not even born then,

        People like you always drag out this old trick -
        “How DARE you compare a human being to a lowly animal! You are so racist and bigoted!”

        Sorry, but I have heard all your reactionary arguments before.

      • Michael Haberland

        I am none of the above. I am an ardent animal fan and have over 35 years of personal ,first hand knowledge and experience with animals. I count numerous animal professionals as good and personal friends. The care given and health programs for their charges is far superior than unfortunately even our war vets are receiving. Take a deep look at yourself and see who you are supporting. PeTA murders 85 to 90 percent of all healthy, young and adoptable animals taken into their so called shelter. PeTA supports both publicly and financially violence and fire bombing against any of their opponents. The Humane Society of the United States paid 16 MILLION DOLLARS to Feld Entertainment / Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the ASPCA paid an additional 9 MILLION DOLLARS for a fraudulent lawsuit. Slow down on the animal rights cult kool-aid and you’ll feel better and enjoy life more.

      • Uncle Vodka

        {{{Feld Entertainment Inc. argued the elephants are not hurt and that the instruments are necessary to keep the animals under control and protect public safety….}}
        Hmm.. where have I heard this before (or at least read about it in history books)?

        As I earlier said, this argument was used 170 years ago, with respect to a different sort of animal. And I include myself as an animal. You may think of yourself otherwise, as those people 170years ago did.
        Quote, from just one org (and there are plenty more) -:
        {{{…what makes this story so sickening is the fact that animal lovers’ donations are now falling into the hands of those actually harming animals. We are disappointed the ASPCA chose to not only hire, but also pay off a witness when the evidence speaks for itself. And the fact of the matter is that elephants are still suffering in circuses…..}}}
        Enjoy your elephant standing on its head, or squashing a melon. I am sure your children will.

      • Michael Haberland

        No need to apologize just learn to keep emotions out of a what began as a civil debate. No I do not have children I am a gay man and have no desire for them. My pets are my kids.

    • Frank Garrett

      Are you so stupid that you have to see something in captivity to appreciate it?

      • Michael Haberland

        I am far from stupid but anyone can plainly see your severe lack of brain function from drinking unlimited quantities of the animal rights terrorist kool-aid. Typical animal terrorist rant, question the intelligence of anyone (which is 90% or more of the human race) who disagree with your radical out of touch ideas.

  • loveofcircus

    I loved the Elephant. my favorite part of the tonight show when Johnny Carson hosted was the animals I hope they do it more often.

    • Uncle Vodka

      Johnnie is dead.
      Anthropomorphism is a disease. And making wiild animals do stupid tricks is dying also, thank goodness.

  • Ricka Smith

    Roxy’s appearance was a big deal, enjoyed by the entire audience, and I loved seeing that she works without all the “horrible, abusive, weapons” we’ve been lead to believe are necessary to push elephants into doing unnatural tricks … she’s a ham, enjoying everything she’s doing – obviously well loved cared for – the truth that the general population needs to see about elephants in human care … Thank you Jimmy for having the animals on your show!

  • Stormy Hope

    One of the benefits of “behind the computer” is that if we communicate with those who actually work with animals, we learn more and more about them. Keeping our minds open to the new and wonderful ways that trainers and caretakers, who often are with the elephants hours each day, communicate with the elephants give us a new understanding not only of their affection for the elephants but the elephants visual relationships with the trainers and caretakers.

    If we can’t be there, we should be listening and observing those who ARE there, to give us much better insights than just listening to emotional expressions of stock philosophical based opinions, don’t you think?

    • Gary Payne

      I agree!

  • Megan Davidson-Payne

    Well said Ecorazzi. Keep spreading the truth.

  • cooki2581

    First supporting horse carriages and now having an elephant in a studio. Seriously starting to not like this guy.

    • Alexis Kaiser

      Why, just shows he is an independent thinker and not swayed by the Animal Terrorists agenda. I love him more than before!

      • save the elephants

        “Animal Terrorists agenda,” you say? What would that agenda be, exactly? Gee, let’s think about who really stands to profit from showing unnatural stunts such as these that only serve to teach humans that non-human animals are ours to use & abuse as we wish. What exactly do the “animal terrorists” have to gain? Animals getting better treatment from humans… ooh the horror! As opposed to what the Tonight Show, Jeff Musial & Patricia Zerbini stand to gain? Follow the money trail & think about it.

      • Iheartzooanimals

        that’s an easy one…if they help peta stay in biz, peta will keep making them that good juicy youtube animal abuse porn they loooove to watch

      • Alexis Kaiser

        First of all, point out one unnatural thing the elephant did in the video. Secondly, who stands to profit? Have you researched PETA.s net worth lately? Revenue made mostly from donations from unsuspecting people thinking they will be helping animals. When, in reality, ingrid newkirk is killing 2000 adoptable cats and dogs a year! You really haven’t a clue to these terrorist agenda? try THIS on for size – no meat, no fur, no leather, no animal research no service Animals and finally no pets. These groups envision a world of separation of animals and people. There is a moral, political elitism that runs through the minds of these groups. You can liken that mindsrt to the Nazis. Choose to be brainwashed by their propaganda and follow them into that kind of world. That is exactly what they want. You have drunk the kool aid. How does that help the animsls?

      • Laurie

        Are you an idiot ? I didn’t read where ‘ save the elephants’ mentioned PETA. I WILL POINT OUT ONE UNNATURAL THING THAT ANIMAL DID AND I DONT EVEN HAVE TO WATCH IT. THAT ELEPHANT WAS ON A STAGE !! Did you hear that ? Isn’t that enough to say stop? Apparently not for you. They belong in the wild and in their native land. But you don’t get that because you didn’t drink the kool aid. Stop using and abusing, live a compassionate life , you will be happier, feel better and live longer. Scratch my question at the beginning of this paragraph. You in fact, are an idiot.

      • Alexis Kaiser

        Oh please. What wild are you talking about. Very little left and elephant’s are being killed by the thousands by poachers in what remains. All you people follow the sick ideologies of peta, it’s obvious, as all the posts from people like you do not contain one original thought. You mentioned the money train, I pointed out that was Peta . Don’t tell me how to live my life. Again you have proven my point about the power that peta has over mindless idiots. Rest my case. I know from experience the lives elephants underhuman care receive. How do you know. Yep, animal terrorist propaganda on the intrtnet. Lmao

      • Gary Payne

        Where is the wild Ms Laurie? It’s fast disappearing. We’d better learn to get along and accept animals in human care….but then you believe they’re better off dead don’t you? Extinction? NOT if we can help it.

      • Laurie

        You think I would like them dead or extinct ? Are you high Gary ? Is there something wrong with you ? You don’t know where elephants live? Do you think they live in the circus?

      • Iheartzooanimals

        since you like to invent and look at fake violence to animals so much, you ought to switch to the real stuff–pictures of what’s being done to them by the thousands every year in the so called wild. We know where elephants live and we know where and how they die. And if that’s what you prefer…then yes, absolutely you like them dead and extinct because that’s exactly what you’re saying.

      • Frank Garrett

        Help! Ecorazzi has been taken over by idiots!

      • Iheartzooanimals

        The irony is stunning. If it wasn’t for elephants in zoos and circuses in North America there would have been no elephants to be in movies featuring them to stimulate and capture our imagination; no artwork, photos or videos of them taken here and seen here, let alone the opportunity for untold millions of us through the years to see and conceive of them with our own eyes. And what little filtered here from their native countries would not have been enough through the many decades, or now, to even allow these very people blindly, recklessly condemning it to know there was a reason to care. Now their numbers are not only diminishing by 12% per year in their native habitats, the North American herd which direly needs to grow with genetic diversity so we don’t forget them and can continue to help is diminishing as well along with the hopes behind it. This is due to breeding restrictions caused by these pointless, destructive, grossly misinformed, misguided protests driven by opportunists using and spawning terrorist tactics.

      • Laurie

        You love animals in zoos? You’re an ass. Smarten up.

      • Iheartzooanimals

        I and the 175million others who visit AZA accredited zoos and aquariums in this country every year. So she’d better get busy doing what’s most important to her. That would be being vulgar and cursing at normal, mentally healthy people who show their love for animals by actually supporting them with their time and from their own pockets.

      • Iheartzooanimals

        The opportunists are orgs directed solely towards achieving total Animal Liberation disguised as charities providing protection from and prevention of cruelty. An oxymoron as protection and prevention can only be accomplished through the actions and practices of caring and responsible human stewards. Not by removing them from protection and leaving them to fend for themselves in a world growing more and more hostile and incompatible with their ability and instincts to survive and adapt. These orgs have no plan for these animals, contribute to no programs or failsafes, do not cooperate in any way, even with those in their native countries devoted to saving them, sustaining them and breeding for reinforcement against their alarmingly diminishing numbers. In fact they terrorize them as well, directing this cult-like network of followers such as those who subscribe to this page, to harass, torment, threaten and thwart them. That they are themselves impoverished and yet still sacrifice for the welfare and endurance of these animals who are also beloved to them means nothing. Big animals, even just a few of them, generate big attention. The attention, turbulence and chaos they create around them–even just one on a tv show–brings in donations. These high profile, contrived vigilante campaigns such as those against Ringling and SeaWorld serve as profit centers for these orgs. Vulgar, exhibitionistic demonstrations, shocking scandals fueled by fiction, unsuccessful bogus law suits, failed attempts to pass irrational, reckless bills and bans still stimulate income, collectively billions per year worldwide. These high-drama showcase crises are in fact the funding sources to underwrite their less splashy but even more profoundly bizarre and sinister endeavors to end all raising of food animals, all work with animals in medical research, all ownership of pets or any animals for any reason. In simple terms, with no exaggeration, a protest against this elephant on that stage is directly tied to a movement and doctrine whose inevitable achievement would terminate in the annihilation of the human race.

      • Gary Payne

        Yes. “Animal Terrorists”. Their agenda profits (tax exempt to boot) from passing the tin cup for the “donations” of a gullible public thinking they’re helping animals. The “Animal Rights” industry is a very much for profit industry and they’re being found out right and left.

      • Gary Payne

        Me too! Down with bullies and liers. UP with Jimmy Fallon!

      • http://poutine.tk/windows58/moocow.php Bendier Johnson

        “Animal Terrorist Agenda”! LOL

      • Alexis Kaiser

        Actually, Mr Johnson, the ALF is currently listed on the FBI’s list of domestic terrorists. One of its members is on the FBI’s most wanted list. So, yes we are correct in saying Animal Terrorist Agenda.

  • Iheartzooanimals

    there are fewer than 300 elephants in the US. That means there is a miniscule number of people who know anything at all about them and their care out of a population of 311million.

    • Jen Smith

      Oh, no … there are lots of people who watch YouTube videos and read blogs such as this one who know ALL about the care and preservation of elephants. ;)

      • dave

        Since you seem to know a lot, what would the man in back do with his bullhook if the elephant tried to walk away? Would the use of a bullhook be criminal in Los Angeles?

      • Jen Smith

        He would’ve tapped her on her legs and tried to get her attention to direct her back to where she was supposed to be standing. Let’s face it … if a 3000 pound elephant wants to walk away, she’s gonna walk away whether or not the guy behind her wants her to. Same goes for ANYTHING she does. Trust … a simple hook isn’t going to phase her one way or another.

  • Iheartzooanimals

    let’s see…if the elephants are with a circus they scream about how they should be in a sanctuary. Roxy lives at a sanctuary…now what do they want to do with her

  • justin

    This is the biggest load of animal rights crap I have ever seen In one paragraph. These animals rights junkies are really going for it. If you don’t like to see animals who are properlu trained and taken care of don’t watch. But attacking professionals that have the job and are responsible for the well being of the animal. Is bull. I don’t see any elephant experts when dealing with animal rights. So there for anything you have or think you have is irrelevant on all levels…stick with your veggies. And leave the animals alone.

  • justin

    I can garentee half tje people who fight for animal rights do it from the couch…anybody can look at videos or read about animal rights in a blog but it’s the people who truly go out and work with these animals that are the true heroes, not one activist knows what it feels like to work with an animal of that size except the people who devote their time and efforts to care and protect these animals. To the people who just sit there and blog about how bad these people are Shame On You. Activism is easy to catch on too when alls you have to do is tweet, reblog, and sign online petitions….

  • justin

    We support you jimmy!

    • http://poutine.tk/windows58/moocow.php Bendier Johnson

      ….but not that stupid dumb elephant!

  • Laurie

    Why are most people on here so blind as to what a wild , exotic animal goes through before it hits the stage ? WHY ?? Are you numb to reality ? All you have to do is google ‘ breaking a baby wild elephant’ and see. Why don’t you understand ? Google it and tell me that THAT isn’t abuse. Just because you don’t see it on stage doesn’t mean it isn’t going on. They don’t get an elephant to perform a trick after removing it from its family and natural surroundings by giving it a watermelon. It’s beaten into submission. We need to leave these animals be. Elephants are very intelligent animals with VERY strong family bonds and when removed from them go through tremendous emotional trauma because of it. Then they are tortured to behave. With libraries, the internet, amazon, facebook and all the other social media outlets, why are you so ignorant to the FACTS ? Wake up people ! Google is an amazing thing, you don’t even have to know how to read , just look, those pictures are real.

    • Alexis Kaiser

      How many times have you been backstage with an elephant? That is ehst I though. I csnt tell you how wrong you are. Get off the Internet and step into reality and then you will be qualified to comment. Until then, you cant be taken seriously

      • Jessica

        Alexis, who cares if we’ve been backstage? The elephant is being controlled by a metal rod. I know it’s much easier to sleep at night believing the performing elephant is all happy and dandy, but one day when reality hits you, you may actually be able to learn of the MANY animal abuses going on before your very ignorant eyes.

      • Alexis Kaiser

        If you haven’t been backstage how can you claim you know what is going on? You didn’t really ask me that question. OMG. You haven’t been backstage, you don’t know, so keep your ignorant mouth shut. I have slept well for 30 years in the circus industry knowing that elephants under human care are love, respected and well taken care of. What actual experience do you have. None, I rest my case. You are nothing but a brainwashed, armchair activist wanna be who does nothing on a daily basis even remotely connected to elephants, let alone caring for them. Wow, I know what goes on in front of my eyes, how arrogant of you to think that you see what I see. I have no idea what you do for a living but I would never be an ass and pretend that I know your life on a daily basis. Give me one example of abuse in this video, just one. You can’t. Like I said, you need to keep your mouth shut.

      • Jessica

        Alexis, where do elephants come from? At what age did elephants used to be taken away from their mothers in order to be trained? Can you tell me what the Phajaan process is? You called me ignorant and then proceeded to make massive assumptions about me. Excuse you. Clearly I touched a nerve. No I never worked at a circus but I have volunteered at elephant sanctuaries, which had elephants who came from the circus industry. The so called wonderful place that allows you to “sleep well”. You are clearly in massive denial about the industry or you don’t know enough about elephants. You really need to learn more about their natural tendencies and instincts (like their need to travel thousands of miles) and the way they need to be mentally and physically “broken” before they will ever perform ridiculous “tricks”, so humans like you can make money off of them. Believe me, I’m not the ignorant one in this scenario. You think when circus elephants “go crazy” and kill people it’s just a freak accident or they’re just the rare ones?! Seriously, learn about the species (from actual experts, not circus propaganda) before you defend circuses so proudly.

      • Alexis Kaiser

        If you’re so smart, answer your own questions. I have forgotten more about elephants than you will know. How many fatal accidents involving circus elephants have their been in circus history? If you want to take that old and tired route, maybe we should ban backyard pools, freeways, airplanes. You better do better than that if you plan on going toe to toe with me. As for myself, I will defend the circus, its people and its animals until my dying days. You just keep watching YouTube. LOL

    • Gary Payne

      Wow Laurie! You really swallow all the propaganda on the internet don’t you? I’m sorry. What a shame. I believe what I see and experience for REAL! I KNOW that most animals in the circus world, at zoological parks, aquariums, SeaWorld, and the NY City carriage horses, are treated well and loved like family members. You aren’t even using common sense and logic. PS: Animal abuse is a crime and PROOF of a crime is required in order to punish that crime. What you offer are allegations and propaganda films that do not constitute empirical evidence. Do not help to further lies and allegations Ms Laurie.

      • Jessica

        Ha ha ha ha. Gary, seriously? Denial is a nice place I know. But
        seriously you even threw in Sea World. Have you not heard of “Black Fish”? You know about the Killer Whale who killed 3 people in Sea World, cause it was just so happy with his life. And why wouldn’t he be? He was only kidnapped as a baby and then made to live in a tank, just a little bigger than his body. Basically that’s like us living in a big bathtub. And then he was brought out to perform tricks for lots of screaming people, and then put back in his tub. That sounds awesome right?! Gary, you really need to do your research before you talk anymore about this subject. That’s an order! Sure there’s lots of propaganda, but there’s also a lot of true stories that a lot of rich organizations don’t want you to know about. I’m not asking you to take PETA’s word for it, I’m asking you to take reality’s word for it. Truly do your research as much as you can from both sides before you make up your mind about something. There’s a lot of information out there that is coming from honest, hard working documentarians who are spending years to give the public the full picture on some of these awful abuses going on in the world. There’s many more out there that are rarely spoken up, but open your eyes….they’re all around you. I can give you a list if you want of about 100 off the top of my head, which is probably about 5% of the abuses going on as we speak.

    • Iheartzooanimals

      No. Most of them are not real. They are benign, doctored, taken out of context, even staged, and presented with the suggestion of cruelty b/c those who distribute them know very well that to some people fantasizing about violence to animals is their form of animal entertainment. That is why they watch them over and over again, share them with their other deviant friends, and try to taunt normal, mentally healthy people into watching them, too…for an extra little sadistic kick. No one, but no one watches and obsesses on mental images and public graphic verbalization of cruel and violent scenarios…unless they like it. Using them as accusations is just an excuse to try to cover up and avoid shame for openly indulging in their own depraved obsession. But…their hard drives always know the truth. They can’t erase the proof of how much time they spend searching for and devouring anything suggesting the macabre they can find to get their blood pumping. And when they’re bored from wearing them out they can take a clip like Roxy’s and invent abuse from it. Or a picture of eles on a beach without even a person in it at all and deliciously concoct a whole story about how someone standing outside the frame has just mercilessly beaten them. We know what they’re up to…of course they could always prove it’s not true by submitting their hard drives for its content but they never would…no one wants to get busted for being a pervert.

    • Jen Smith

      “Laurie” — how many *primary* sources are you working with? By “primary”, I mean setting foot in training facilities, speaking directly with trainers, witnessing the animals and their handlers IN PERSON. Not Google … not YouTube … not an opinion blog like Ecorazzi, flooded with others, like yourself, who get all of their information from the aforementioned sources. Gets to be a nasty circle of misinformation after awhile. Groups like PETA and HSUS rely on the emotional turmoil caused by this misinformation for financial support and “word of mouth”. Talk about following the money!

      So answer the question … what your *primary* sources? I’ve got 20 years of primary sources and factual information from “behind the scenes” efforts in several different ares of animal use/training, in my work against bogus “animal rights” information (not to mention 40 years of working with dogs/training them). Don’t call me an ass and don’t LOL … just answer the question.

  • Gary Payne

    Kudos for featuring an asian elephant on your show! They’re endangered in the “wild” and the few remaining such animals in human care make fine educational ambassadors for their dwindling wild cousins. Animals are NOT trained via punishment as the few haters here will tell you. They know nothing of modern day animal handling. Any person who handles animals will tell you that their natural behaviors can be encouraged to be done (thus the “trick”) on cue by using rewards. Same as with humans who accept a paycheck for our “tricks” at work. Don’t be bullied by vegans and extremists! Continue to feature animals…we humans love them and care for them.

  • HaileyPoLa

    Stop using animals to entertain yourselves and your audiences. In fact, no compassionate viewers would be amused at what you did – supporting an industry that kidnaps, abuses and exploits living, sentient animals who ought to be in the wild with their family.

  • Moxie

    Thanks for spotlighting a beautiful animal and a worthwhile home for elephants. Keep up the good work Jimmy. Your show rocks.

  • Bob Mogulnicki

    Whom Ever Wrote this letter
    Has NO IDEA what or Who Patricia Zerbini is or does ..
    How can you continue to use PETA s sound bites and say Roxie is tortured what so ever. I just love how you guys love switching the Name of the ankus to Bull Hook … So I want to know – have YOU personally ever stepped foot on Patricia Ranch ? Do you know even where in Florida it is ??? tell me please !
    Well I HAVE !! and I can ASSURE you Roxie and well as the other 3 elephants at Pattys home is given nothing but love – and taken care of beyond anyone’s belief ! ARA continue to use words that change the meaning of things – and Totally make things up out of the Blue – CAN you back up those statements that you actually wrote ? NO YOU CANNOT !!! Yet you refuse to even acknowledge FACT that your leader Ingrid Newkirk is a demon in disguise !! LETS LOOK at your Leader – as well as PETA shall we ! She preaches she rather see Dogs and cats euthanized over being pets ! PETA is not in it for helping Animaks 1 bit ! For all you out there – go ahead and look yourself ! THEY are about $$$ !!They have been caught red handed picking up Animals from local shelters / saying they are going to find them homes yet – before even reaching Their new multi million dollar head quarters they euthanize the animals right in the van! Go ahead and check out how many animals they actually saved !! With a Kill rate over 83% / that goes to show you !! ahead and google it !

  • Bob Mogulnicki

    As For Two Tails I urge you to visit there if you actually have an open mind and see with your own eyes …. Actually do done thinking for yourself !!
    I DID and you will find the same thing ! Patricia loves and cares for all of her animals ! there is NO WAY once you visit there – speak to her / and see for your own EYES you will walk away feeling any differently !
    On top of that – Patricia is SO open ! any question goes -! She is going to tell you the truth ! You Will Actially see the love -Care – and dedication she has – and how Teo tails is a great place !!!
    much – much better then the 2 TB infested sanctuaries that the ARA refuse to acknowledge our death traps!!

    PLEASE FOLKs !! THINK for yourselfs !! VISiT the ranch and make up your own minds for once instead of repeating these foolish things found in this letter to Jimmy that is a total Lie !! I WOULD love for him to do a segment there and actually SHOW you !!!! and then we can wait to see if you’ll actually apologize and say you were totally wrong? As for The Ankus ….. Go ahead try to jump on that … NOT going to work ! Roxie is not beaten with it that is for sure !!! NOW let’s see if you put actions behind your words and see it with your own eyes !!!

  • William L. Reynolds

    I find it incredibly hypocritical that some of the comments here insist these animals should be in the wild in the same week that over fifty elephants in the wild were slaughtered and the animal rights people say and do nothing to help.

  • kelley wyskiel

    You know that many of us are out in the real world fighting daily through tears and emotional breaking points to rescue these entertaining circus shows you love and covet so much. Do your own research while your talking to rescue groups and the individuals who are the only voice of the voiceless unprotected. The propaganda to worry about is how those who refuse to accept responsibility help created laws to protect animal abusers in factories, puppy mills, breeders, zoos and circus training. I don’t push my choices onto others or expect every single person to care enough outside of themselves, but there is a truth to exploitation and abuse. Your right about what the zoos and sanctuaries are meant to be and many of those who work and train do love and care this much, but there aren’t enough of them compared to the ones who do it as a profitable occupation. Common sense and logic would say that if you eat meat or use animal products you condone and accept torture and painful death for your own value of entertainment. I have more than allegations and propaganda films, I have walked in, I have been there, I have lived it face to face. So yes, it is pretty personal to someone like me when compassion is under attack so violently and publically by those who sit at a laptop miserably hating the ones who may make them have to care. There are both sides, there is good on each side. The balance however is off and many are simply doing as much as they can to limit the potential harm both in captivity and out in the wild.

  • travel

    Wow how uninformed are these comments below thinking that Roxy is living any kind of a decent life………omg………educate yourselves, please…obviously you know nothing about a “true” sanctuary who have rescued these elephants from zoos

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  • Frank Garrett

    This is an animal rights site. Why is the comments section inundated with animal abuse apologists?