Action Alerts

Boycott Geico for Sponsoring Rodeos

Please let GEICO’s CEO Tony Nicely know what you think about the company’s support of rodeo cruelty. “We are proud to be partnering with the PRCA and the exciting world of ProRodeo,” said Ted Ward, GEICO vice president.”

Tony Nicely
CEO, Geico
Email: tnicely@geico.com

GEICO Communications Department
One GEICO Plaza
Washington, D.C. 20076
Geico’s online email form

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

GEICO insurance is partnering with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Rodeos are vicious and cruel, however, GEICO thinks it’s just another way to promote themselves.

Tell San Diego County Fair to Suspend Cruel Elephant Rides
Organizers of the San Diego County Fair are having elephant rides provided by the company Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), despite video evidence that the company abuses elephants. In video footage recently released by Animal Defenders International, trainers with HTWT can be seen forcing elephants to perform by shocking them with electric prods in the belly and genital area and striking them with bullhooks—sharp metal-tipped weapons resembling fireplace pokers that can leave painful welts, abscesses, and puncture wounds on elephants’ sensitive skin. In the footage, a baby elephant cries out in pain each time he is hit on the head and jabbed in his sensitive mouth with a bullhook.

Tell Rebecca Desmond, acting director of the Division of Fairs and Expositions; Barry Nussbaum, president of the Board of Directors for the 22nd District Agricultural Association; and Tim Fennell, CEO and general manger of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, to urge them to suspend the elephant rides at the San Diego County Fair immediately while fair staff conduct an internal investigation.

Contact:

Rebecca Desmond
Acting Director
Division of Fairs and Expositions
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014
phone (858) 755-1161

Barry Nussbaum
President of the Board of Directors
22nd District Agricultural Association
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216
phone (858) 755-1161
fax (858) 755-7820

Tim Fennell
CEO and General Manger
22nd District Agricultural Association
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216
phone (858) 755-1161
fax (858) 755-7820