Thank you for this well written article. This is very personal to me. I know Rosie. I worked in the Carson and Barnes Elephant and got to know Rosie very well. We traveled together around the country. I have seen Rosie beaten countless times with Bullhooks and baseball bats. I've seen her punched in the face with a closed fists. Before every single performance as she was waiting with the other elephants before they went into the tent her handler would stab her in her rear left leg with a bullhook. If you look at Rosies back left leg or behind her left ear you will see lots of old scars. To see where Rosie lives and how she was trained take a look at the video I shot of the elephants at Carson and Barnes http://www.youtube.com/user/LastChanceForAnimals#p/u/O/zQLcW92xtJo Rosie has had a miserable life enslaved at Carson and Barnes. She is one of the sweetest beings I have ever had the honor of meeting. I remember rubbing her cheeks countless times which she really enjoyed. Rosie suffers along with all the other elephants at Carson and Barnes. She was chained up 18 hrs a day on a concrete floor with the other elephants. That being said, it would be wrong to remove her to a place with no other elephants. Sending her to a cold environment to treat her arthritis is insane. Do not take her away from her friends. It's time to retire Rosie and her friends to an Elephant sanctuary. They've earned millions for Carson and Barnes over the yrs. Let them live out their lives in peace. Let them walk and play freely for once. Wishing you freedom and peace Rosie.