Tyke - 11 Year Anniversary - VeggieBoards
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#1 Old 08-20-2005, 06:50 PM
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11 years ago in Hawaii, Tyke, an african elephant owned by John Cuneo (scum) owner of the Hawthorn Corp. went on a rampage after many many years of abuse. She first killed her trainer, trampled a groomer and then ran rampant in the streets of Honolulu before she was finally gunned down by 87 bullets. She lay bleeding, agonizing and crying in the street for two more hours, until she finally died.

As some may already know and some may not, Tyke Catalyzed the founding of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, as well as several other animal advocate institutions. She inspired California Congressman Sam Farr to write up legislation to protect elephants from circuses. She has inspired many localities to ban circuses with elephant acts. She has also touched many individuals as well - one man wears a tattoo of Tyke as a conversation piece to educate others; some have made Tyke T-shirts, and so on.

May 7, 1996: Hawthorn paid a $12,500 penalty to settle USDA charges of causing Tyke trauma and harm and of jeopardizing public safety. Police shot Tyke to death on August 20, 1994 after she rampaged and killed her trainer.

April 21, 1993: An elephant named Tyke ripped through the front doors of the Jaffa Mosque during a performance and ran out of control for an hour in Altoona, Pa. An estimated 4,500 schoolchildren had to evacuate the building, and the rampage caused more than $14,000 in damage.

April 22, 1993: According to an affidavit obtained by the USDA from circus worker Richard Rosio, Tyke attacked a tiger trainer while the circus was in Altoona, Pa.

July 23, 1993: An elephant named Tyke ran amok at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, N.D., trampling and injuring a handler and frightening the crowd as she ran uncontrolled for 25 minutes

June 21, 1988: According to USDA and Canadian law enforcement documents, while a Hawthorn elephant named Tyke was performing with Tarzan Zerbini Circus, "The elephant handler was observed beating the single-tusk African elephant in public to the point [where] the elephant was screaming and bending down on three legs to avoid being hit. Even when the handler walked by the elephant after this, the elephant screamed and veered away, demonstrating fear from his presence." The handler was John Caudill (a.k.a. John Walker of Walker Bros. Circus) who admitted to "disciplining" Tyke after she hit Caudill's brother and put a hole in his back with her tusk.

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R.I.P. Tyke - your death is not in vain.
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#2 Old 08-20-2005, 08:05 PM
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Very sad, absolutely ridiculous for elephants to be so abused (any animal, of course), dressed up and paraded around, kept chained up, beaten, families broken up, and for what, money? Ugh.
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