Allegations against the Hannover Zoo are horrifying, and quite damning, with video evidence of handlers abusing young elephants. National Geographic reports that PETA videos show handlers using bull hooks to “train” the elephants. Complaints about the zoo go back to 2004, but the new videos have sparked an investigation by the European Association of Zoos & Aquaria. Elephant Aid International has viewed the footage and believes it to be authentic.
For many years, the Hannover Zoo was one of the very few left that had its animals perform for visitors. The zoo says they have stopped the entertainment shows, but clearly they have not stopped the harsh circus-like treatment of their elephant population.