Activities

Show Barbie That Elephant Rides Are Cruel!

If you love playing with Barbie, you know that your imagination can take you anywhere. But you’d never want to visit any place where elephants are forced to give rides—in real life OR in your imagination.

A lot of cruel training and pain is behind every elephant ride, and our elephant friends are forced to carry heavy loads on their backs day after day. So why did Barbie come out with a toy that supports this abuse? No one would ever want a friend to be treated the way elephants used for rides are treated, so it seems super-strange that this toy one is described as Chelsea’s “exotic animal bestie.”

Tell Mattel that elephants are not ours to ride or use for other entertainment and that its Barbie Dreamtopia Chelsea Doll and Elephant and its Enchantimals Ekaterina Elephant Doll & Antic Figure are sending the wrong message. Click here to make your voice heard!

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, you can also let Barbie know that she shouldn’t be promoting elephant rides in picture form!

  1. Make a sign that says:

Barbie: Be an Ele-Friend
Don’t Support Elephant Abuse

  1. Have a photo taken of you holding your sign.
  2. Ask your parents to post the photo on social media (such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) and tag @Barbie and @Mattel to tell the company that elephant rides are cruel and that Barbie shouldn’t support them. Use the hashtag #StopBarbiesElephantRide
  3. E-mail a photo of your sign along with your mailing address to [email protected], and we’ll send you free stickers! (Just remember that we can only send them to addresses in the U.S. and Canada.)*Heads up! By e-mailing us, you’re acknowledging that you’ve read and you agree to our terms of submission, and you’re also agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from PETA Kids.

 

Check out these examples!