- Posted December 1, 2012 by
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CAROLYN HENNESY LENDS HER VOICE TO SAVE THE ELEPHANTS!
On television, actress Carolyn Hennesy plays many roles: from the sarcastic evil vampire Rosalyn Harris on HBO's True Blood to the dramatic Diane Miller on the popular show, General Hospital, but all her roles aside, her recent actions in everyday life are nothing but heroic!
Last week, Carolyn travelled to Thailand in order to help raise awareness and put an end to a terrible trend that has been happening for centuries around the globe to elephants... "bullhooking".
A bullhook, also known as an ankus and/or elephant hook, is a highly abusive item used to train and control elephants; A bullhook is usually a long piece of wood with a sharp and deadly hook at the end of it that stabs into an elephants skin and flesh to cause pain to force them to do as their told.
While some individuals may see the bullhook as a common way to help prevent harm from wild elephants or to help train those for show in the circus or elsewhere, there are actually dozens of other methods used that cause zero harm. And this is where Carolyn and her team have jumped in to help raise awareness.
Carolyn explains to CNN, "Positive Reinforcement Training (PRT) is the wave of the future, cresting today. No abuse or threat of any kind, only love, enrichment, mental stimulation and treats. These are the tools of PRT and the results are exactly the same in terms of animal behavior, tricks and showmanship. But there is one significant difference. With PRT you get a happy animal and a willing participant!"
While traveling around Southeast Asia, Carolyn and her team met and interacted with countless elephants at shows / petting zoos and saw first-hand that the bullhook was being used right before their eyes. It is at these places Carolyn's team started their education to help better the helpless elephants future and hopefully put an end to the bullhook in the daily lives of elephant trainers and handlers.
To help Carolyn and her team's fight against this awful torture, please visit: SaveElephant.org or donate to the "Elephant In The Room Documentary" on Kickstarter.com