Board to reconsider fair elephant rides

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Updated: 3/20/2014 1:47 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego County Fair will reconsider whether to continue to allow elephant rides beyond the 2014 summer season.

U-T San Diego says one factor the fair board will consider is that the company that offers the rides is no longer certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The group accredits most of the country's leading zoos and aquariums, including the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and SeaWorld.

Animal rights activists have repeatedly urged the fair to sever ties with Have Trunk Will Travel, a Perris-based company that operates the elephant rides during the fair's annual seven-week run. Fair officials had already planned to revisit the issue after this year's fair wraps up.

Have Trunk Will Travel's elephants are hired out for rides, TV commercials and feature films.

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