Video Shows Alleged Elephant Abuse at German Zoo
Zookeepers at the Hannover Adventure Zoo are seen striking three-year-old elephants to make them perform tricks.
The Hannover Adventure Zoo in Germany is coming under attack after the release of hidden camera video footage that shows handlers striking elephants.
The video, from the animal welfare organization PETA Germany, reveals zookeepers yanking young elephants’ heads to the ground, thrusting sharp training tools called bull hooks into their necks, and using whips to make them perform circus-like tricks. The elephants seem to be cowering and trying to run away from the keepers.
According to PETA Germany, the three elephants involved, all three years old, are named Sitara, Taru, and Yumi.
Carol Buckley, an independent expert in captive elephant welfare and founder of Elephant Aid International, an organization that promotes humane captive elephant care,