O.C. Fair halts elephant rides, ending 25-year tradition
Thursday’s vote not to renew the fair’s contract with Have Trunk Will Travel Inc. came after a long and emotional hearing that drew more than 100 people.
Some speakers urged the fair board to continue the elephant rides, while others -– some animal rights activists and veterinary specialists -– asked that the rides be halted.
Following the lead of the Santa Ana Zoo, which halted elephants rides last summer, the board voted 7 to 1 to not renew the contract, with David Ellis dissenting.
-- Jenny Stockdale, TCN
Photo: The elephant ride at the Orange County Fair. Credit: Daily Pilot