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The die-hard fan who donated this elephant to a Florida Trump rally is a notorious animal abuser

A Donald Trump rally in Sarasota, FL received a donation from circus elephant exhibitor and die-hard Trump fan, Frank Murray.

A Donald Trump rally in Sarasota, FL received a donation from Frank Murray, a circus elephant exhibitor and die-hard Trump fan. Murray allowed the event to use his Asian elephant for free, and the animal’s side was painted to read, “TRUMP: Make America Great Again.” 

“I’m doing this for love of America,” said Murray. “I’m a Trump fan. The man knows how to make money. He knows what America is all about and he can get America back on track.”

Murray owns a company called “Elephant Walk,” which travels around the country and rents elephants to circuses, fairs, and other events. Circus elephants are often abused and live under terrible conditions, and are rapidly becoming illegal. Earlier this year, the Ringling Bros. Circus announced they would no longer feature elephants at their shows, which led to Trump tweeting that he would never attend their circus again.

Murray’s elephant rental company is no exception to the history of abuse the animals suffer. Documents show that one of Murray’s elephants died of tuberculosis last year, suggesting that Murray’s elephants are kept in dirty and diseased enclosures.

The tuberculosis outbreak is unfortunately only the start of Murray’s long history of animal abuse and cruelty. In 1996, he was charged with four counts of “inflicting unnecessary cruelty towards a living animal and not providing proper sustenance to a living animal.” He evaded the charges for 16 years before finally being arrested in 2011.

The official Facebook page for The Walking Elephant constantly posts messages supporting the bull-hook, a sharp metal stick used to corral elephants. Many states are attempting to ban the extremely painful hook, but The Walking Elephant calls anti-bull-hook legislation “propaganda” from “uneducated extremists.”

Although Murray lost some contracts after the arrest, his business continued to thrive. He has also been cited multiple times by the USDA for improper animal care, but the agency never intervened or followed up on their citations.

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  1. Cheryl Tracy

    November 30, 2015 at 4:29 am

    You did not do all of your research. The arrests??? Never convictions… the reason that convictions are not reached is because no proof of laws broken… no animal abuse on anyone’s part. The message on the side of the elephant is written in CHALK. The elephant’s name is ESSEX. The Ringling circus WON a 12 year law suit against them by animal rights fanatics. STORY HERE with link: “The animal belongs to a RESCUE for circus elephants. They are NOT mis-treated. Courts ruled not mistreated. Trump had nothing to do with the elephant just showing up. Sarasota is the former home of the famous Ringling Bros Circus. The elephant is owned by a company called “The Elephant Walk,” in Sarasota area, whose owner Frank Murray said he is a Trump supporter and decided to come out and bring Essex with him. The elephants that formerly were with the circus are in this RESCUE in Sarasota, FL. (“12-year legal battle between the RIngling circus and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The ASPCA agreed to pay $9.3 million to the circus’ owners, according to court documents.The litigation stemmed from allegations of elephant abuse the ASPCA made against the circus.

    Steve Payne, spokesman for Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, said the lawsuit has cost his company $20 million through the years.

    In January 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in favor of Ringling Bros.”)
    The Circus no longer uses the elephants because of the law suits. They either have a place to live or they will have to be put to death. They now live at The Elephant Walk. The Elephant Walk takes the liability, rents the animals to make money to care for the animals.

    How do you think the person who runs the rescue, The Elephant Walk, affords to feed and care for the elephants? Have you ever sent them a DIME?!! Obviously NOT! Put your MONEY where you mouth is.
    http://www.tbo.com/news/circus-elephants-march-through-tampa-594225

  2. Cheryl Tracy

    November 30, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Your link to the supposed arrest leads to nothing showing any arrest made… and no conviction.

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