Tax returns are no joke, and neither is cruelty to animals. So when H&R Block used a captive elephant in a new television ad, the public didn’t laugh.
Many elephants used for entertainment in Asia are stolen from their mothers as babies in the wild – an extremely traumatic experience for these social, family-oriented animals.
Others are born into captivity and spend their lives in chains when they’re not ‘working’. They are ‘trained’ through the constant threat of physical punishment with weapons such as bull hooks (sharp metal-tipped rods) and are beaten repeatedly until their spirits are broken and they comply.
PETA has provided H&R Block with information about this cruel industry, but so far, the company has refused to remove its ad from the airways.
We encourage all taxpayers who want companies to demonstrate integrity and ethics in all aspects of their business to take their custom to a company that doesn’t support elephant abuse.
Jason Bake, director of campaigns, PETA Australia
I wont be using H and R block that’s for sure. Good letter, thanks Jason.
As if we don’t have enough to get all self-righteous about!
PETA, please take your faux outrage and your totalitarian tendencies and head back to the good old USA.
Good on you PETA.Let’s name and shame those who exploit Animals for profit.I have now got 12 friends to change their Tax accountant away from H &R Block.
I just saw H&R Block Australia’s latest advertising campaign featuring a live “trained” elephant. PeTA Asia-Pacific has started a petition to tell the company that this cruel exploitation of innocent elephants in Thailand is unacceptable. Please take a moment to sign and share the petition, you can see more details here: http://ow.ly/B1cPi.