Thirty Years of Misery: Where is the Justice for Anna Louise?
There will be no justice for Anna Louise, an African elephant who was captured in Zimbabwe and sold into circus slavery when she was seven years old. For over three decades, she was denied the companionship of other elephants and spent the majority of her life being subjected to humiliation and exploitation for the entertainment of humans.
This past spring, Anna Louise was “retired” from her traveling circus rounds by her “owner and handler” Tom Demry. Upon retirement, she was sent to Two Tails Ranch in Florida, which is owned and operated by the Zerbini Family Circus. Two Tails Ranch in Florida, an exploitation camp for elephants masquerading as a zoo, owned and operated by the Zerbini circus family. Elephant rides are still offered, and these elephants are forced to be on the road performing in traveling circuses for many months a year. Due to its notoriously cruel treatment of elephants, Two Tails Ranch was included in our Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list in 2017.
Anna Louise allegedly passed away due to an aneurysm, but there will likely be no necropsy and no justice for Anna Louise. Her tragic life and lonely death are all too typical of an occurrence for elephants who are condemned to be used and abused for profit until their last breath in circuses.
Please help abolish circuses that use elephants and other animals for entertainment by signing our alerts, attending protests, and supporting circus bans in your area. We must demand animal-free entertainment so no more animals like Anna Louise are forced to live a life of misery. There may not be justice for Anna Louise, but with your help, we can prevent more innocent animals from suffering the same fate.