IDA: Maggie Arrives Safely at PAWS Sanctuary

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Nov 2, 2007 11:40 AM
Subject: Maggie Arrives Safely at PAWS Sanctuary

Maggie Arrives Safely at PAWS Sanctuary
U.S. Air Force pilots successfully complete Operation Maggie Migration

After 25 years, Maggie has finally made the move from a tiny enclosure at the Alaska Zoo to her new home at the Performing Animal Welfare Society elephant sanctuary in Northern California. This is a great day not only for Maggie, but for IDA and everyone else who has worked to secure her freedom. We offer our sincerest thanks and congratulations to everyone who helped make this victory possible.

This historic trip included a five-hour flight in a temperature-controlled crate aboard a United States Air Force C-17 cargo plane from Alaska to Travis Air Force Base, followed by an 85-mile drive in a flatbed truck to PAWS. Maggie arrived safely on schedule at the sanctuary at 6:30 this morning.

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IDA Writing Alert: Our elephants – California dreamin’?

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Mar 22, 2007 9:26 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Our elephants: California dreamin’?

The Philadelphia Daily News printed a story about the possibility of Philadelphia Zoo sending their elephants to the PAWS Sanctuary in California. Please write a letter to the editor of The Philadelphia Daily News about the suffering elephants endure in zoos and supporting sending the elephants to a sanctuary instead of another zoo. Send letters to views [at] phillynews.com.

Read “Our elephants: California dreamin’?” online.

Our elephants: California dreamin’?

By TOM SCHMIDT
schmidt [at] phillynews.com; 215-854-5900

The Philadelphia Zoo’s three African elephants may eventually wind up in California.

Pat Derby, director of PAWS, the Performing Animal Welfare Society, yesterday practically welcomed the elephants to the society’s spacious sanctuary with open arms.

“We have the space available,” Derby, a former Hollywood animal trainer and author, said. “This doesn’t mean we can take them next week.”

She said some work will have to be done on the PAWS habitat.

“Some cross-fencing” will have to be done so the three Philadelphia pachyderms can be kept together, but segregated from the sanctuary’s other elephants.

But something is going to have to be worked out with the Philadelphia Zoo, home of Petal, Bette and Kallie.

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