Zoos, including the Woodland Park Zoo located in damp, rainy Seattle, cannot provide the environment for elephants to live healthy lives. And some zoos have taken this to heart, closed their elephant exhibits, and sent their elephants to live in sanctuaries.
As stated in a recent article in City Living Seattle by Christie Lagally, “a recent survey commissioned by the Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants shows that 62% of Seattle voters believe the elephants should be moved to a sanctuary immediately.”
To date, 27 zoos have closed or plan to close their elephant exhibits. Click here to find out which ones.
There is enough suffering in the world.
You can make a difference to help end the suffering of these wonderful, intelligent animals.
Please add your voice to eliminate elephant breeding and housing at your local zoo. If the zoo really wants to help elephants, it should follow the lead of the NYC Bronx Zoo and place money for helping preserve elephants in the wild in Asia and Africa.
More information can be found at:
- Community Coalition for Elephant Retirement
- Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants
- In Defense of Animals
Easy & Quick Steps You Can Take Now:
1) Write your local council members and local zoo letting them know you want to see their elephant exhibits closed, their breeding programs stopped, and their elephants sent to a sanctuary accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries as soon as possible.
2) If you live in King County and/or Seattle, click here for a list of council members to contact. You can email your support—even if it is just one sentence—“Please send Woodland Park Zoo’s elephants (Bamboo, Watoto, and Chai) to a sanctuary accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries as soon as possible.”
3) “Like” the Facebook page for the Community Coalition for Elephant Retirement
4) “Like” the Facebook page for the Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants
5) Tell others about this issue and share this blog post to help spread the word in helping these magnificent animals!
Your actions do make a difference! Thank you for taking part to help end suffering in this world!
NOTE: On 4/25/2014, Alyne Fortgang of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants (FWPZE) told me that FWPZE is beginning a round of meetings in the next two weeks with Seattle council members starting with Jean Godden. Thus, this is a pivotal time for you to contact King County and City of Seattle council members to add your voice in helping to end the suffering of the WPZ elephants!