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Free All Captive Elephants (FACE)

 Our Mission is to provide Education, Intervention, and Litigation,

that will lead to Sanctuary of ALL Elephants Inhumanely held in Captivity

in Circuses and Zoos in North America.

Free All Captive Elephants (FACE), is a dedicated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to rescue suffering elephants held captive in circuses and roadside zoos in North America.

FACE is committed to getting elephants to sanctuaries accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). GFAS is the gold standard for sanctuaries.

The work of FACE is VITAL in getting captive elephants to the sanctuaries

waiting and ready to receive them.



Free All Captive Elephants presents our short documentary!

Elephants, Out of Captivity

Written by: Larry Laverty

Directed and edited by: Isaac Pingree

Narrated by: Peter Coyote

Elephants, Out of Captivity, is a 10-minute impactful film created to bring awareness, educate, and to share all about the magnificence of elephants, the suffering they endure and what can be done to save them.

Free All Captive Elephants (FACE), produced this film to bring awareness for suffering elephants held captive in circuses and zoos across the nation.  This documentary will open the eyes of those that watch, focusing on the history, the majesty and the beauty of elephants, how they suffer in captivity, and what you can do to help them.

FACE also works to communicate with legislators in different areas across the nation to focus on laws that will bring about the right changes for elephants. We will use this film to help legislators gain the knowledge needed to make important decisions benefiting the lives of elephants.  Legislators need to learn just how wonderful elephants are and about the truths of how they are suffering, in order to bring about the changes needed to help them gain freedom from the lives they are living in captivity.

Elephants, Out of Captivity

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The "Breaking" of Baby Elephants

The reality is that elephants must go through a training called, “breaking”, “the crush” and “phajaan”.  Different words are used for the same purpose. In the United States it’s known as “breaking”.  They will eventually give in after their spirits are broken. Physically and emotionally, they give in to the torture. Baby elephants are put through this brutality in order to use them for circuses, TV shows, elephant riding, zoos and any type of human entertainment you see.  Elephants are wild animals and would never allow riders, perform or otherwise interact with humans naturally.  For the rest of their lives in captivity after they are BROKEN, they will continue to be beaten in order for them to obey.


NEVER ride an elephant!

Baby elephants must go through a “breaking” to be “circus ready”. The brutality involved in this training is pure torture. Eventually, the baby elephant gives in… their spirits are BROKEN…When you decide to ride an elephant, or go to a circus, in essence you are agreeing that this is OK.  


Circus Tracking

CIRCUS TRACKING is VITAL in helping elephants suffering in circuses. Where are Viola and Isa? Bunny and Libby? Betty and Bo? Okha, Kosti and Megue? LuLu, Chang and Zola? …and numerous others. What REALLY happened to sweet…”Click on photo to view full story


FACE works continuously with legislators around the country to improve the conditions and protections for elephants on both the state and federal levels TEAPSPA Help Free All Captive Elephants (FACE)…”Click on photo to view full story

Asha’s Story

This is Asha’s story… Asha is a 39-year-old African female elephant who was born in Zimbabwe somewhere between 1982-83. Asha lost her entire family in a horrific slaughter orchestrated by the government of Zimbabwe in 1984…”Click on photo to view full story

What YOU Can Do to Help

Free All Captive Elephants, Inc. (FACE) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. To further our mission of education, intervention and litigation, please DONATE.  Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. EIN# 82 0815 762