LCA: More Elephants Die in Captivity – What Can You Do to Help?

Friday, June 29th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Jun 28, 2007 7:01 PM
Subject: More Elephants Die in Captivity – What Can You Do to Help?

“Elephant Sanctuaries-Not Captivity” Update; Two More Elephants Die in Captivity

MONA

Mona, the Asian elephant who lived in captivity at the Birmingham Zoo since 1955, was euthanized last Thursday, June 21st. Mona was found down twice last week in her enclosure. She was euthanized after she failed to get to her feet with assistance after the second downed instance. A necropsy is being performed to determine the cause of her illness.

Mona was captured in the wild in 1951 and has lived alone in her 1,000 square foot enclosure since the death of her companion, Susie, over two years ago.

See below to find out what you can do to get involved in the fight “Elephant Sanctuaries-Not Captivity.”

CAROL

Carol, the Asian elephant who gained fame for her appearance on “The Tonight Show” and her ability to paint, was euthanized last Tuesday, June 19th. 40 year old Carol was born in Thailand and brought to the San Diego Zoo in 1968. Zoo officials stated that Carol suffered from painful degenerative joint disease which lead to her euthanasia last week.

Degenerative joint disease and chronic foot problems are most often linked to the death of elephants in captivity. Elephants in zoos spend their lives in small enclosures, standing on compacted dirt or concrete. As a result of inadequate enclosures, elephants suffer extremely painful arthritic and dgenerative join disorders, recurrent foot infections and digestive problems. According to numerous elephant experts, these symptoms do not exist in elephants in the wild.

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IDA Writing Alert: Elephant euthanized at Wild Animal Park

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

While reading through the article, this sentence jumped right out at me: “In the early 1990s, the zoo stopped chaining the animals and allowed them to roam freely at night.”

Early ’90s, you say? How progressive. Not. Seriously, you want kudos for unchaining your elephants in the 1990s? That’s like the World Health Organization bragging that they no longer consider homosexuality a mental disorder…as of 1992. (Even the APA was late to the party…in 1973.) Bully for you!

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Jun 20, 2007 5:46 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Elephant euthanized at Wild Animal Park

The North County Times published a story about the death of an elephant at the San Diego Wild Animal Park who was suffering from severe foot disease. Please write a letter to the editor of the North County Times on the suffering elephants endure in zoos. Send letters to the Times at letters [at] nctimes.com.

Read “Elephant euthanized at Wild Animal Park” online.

Elephant euthanized at Wild Animal Park

North County Times – Escondido,Calif.
By: PAUL EAKINS – Staff Writer

SAN PASQUAL VALLEY — A North County celebrity who appeared on “The Tonight Show” with the late Johnny Carson and whose feats of strength and agility kept crowds in awe has died.

But critics say the death could have been prevented.

Carol, a 39-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized because of health problems Tuesday at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park east of Escondido, zoo officials said.

Officials said euthanasia was the “humane” thing to do, but wildlife advocates said Tuesday the animal should have been sent to an elephant sanctuary instead. At a sanctuary, advocates said, the elephant might have recovered from the illnesses they say were caused by poor treatment at the animal park.

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DawnWatch: Alaska’s elephant Maggie to be moved — Edmonton’s Lucy soon to be alone 6/15/07

Monday, June 18th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 17, 2007 11:00 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Alaska’s elephant Maggie to be moved — Edmonton’s Lucy soon to be alone 6/15/07

(DawnWatch subscribers: You haven’t heard from me for a few days because my dear old computer suffered a heart attack last week and is still in Intensive Care. Though he is expected to recover, I can no longer avoid admitting that it is time for him to retire. Loyal to the last, he will be back at work this coming week in order to tie up loose ends and train his successor. I will then be able to respond to the emails that have piled up over the last week or so. Meanwhile, today I will do the best that I can, without my computer’s full resources, to do a little DawnWatch catching up.)

A recent story important to many of us concerns Maggie, the elephant who lives alone at the Alaska Zoo. I first learned of her plight from a heartbreaking cover story about her, by Robert Meyerowitz, printed in the February 12 2005 Anchorage Press. The Elephant Sanctuary still has that article on its website at http://www.elephants.com/pr/2_17_05_AnchoragePress.htm. I strongly recommend reading it. It tells us, “In 1983, a Zimbabwe cull left five baby elephants watching on grassy plains as all the adults in their herds, all the elephants they’d ever known, were cut down around their ears.” The baby elephants were flown to the US, and Maggie was brought to Alaska to accompany the lone elephant there named Annabelle. When Annabelle died, Maggie was left alone. Because of the climate, Maggie spends much of her life inside a heated barn. When activists complained that she desperately needed exercise and should be released to a sanctuary where she would have acres on which to roam
with other elephants, the zoo’s solution was to design an elephant-sized treadmill for her.

The movement to free Maggie received renewed media attention in May this year, when twice in on one week Maggie lay down and was unable to stand up until local firefighters intervened to lift her. Finally, the Alaska Zoo Board has agreed to let Maggie go to a better facility with a warmer climate. Whether that will be a sanctuary or just a somewhat better zoo has not been announced.

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IDA Writing Alert: May zoos learn from a lonely elephant’s tale

Monday, June 11th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Jun 11, 2007 1:09 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: May zoos learn from a lonely elephant’s tale

The Herald published an editorial about the death of a baby elephant at Woodland Park Zoo and Maggie, the lone elephant at the Alaska Zoo, who activists are working to get sent to a sanctuary. Please write a letter to the editor of The Herald on the suffering elephants endure in zoos. Send letters to the Herald at letters [at] heraldnet.com.

Read “May zoos learn from a lonely elephant’s tale” online.

May zoos learn from a lonely elephant’s tale

Monday, June 11, 2007

As people mourn the death of the Woodland Park Zoo’s youngest elephant, 6-year-old Hansa, another pachyderm story is playing out in Alaska.

The Alaska Zoo board finally, after years of pressure, decided to relocate the zoo’s lone elephant, Maggie. It must be determined first, however, if the 25-year-old African elephant is healthy enough for travel.

In the wild, Maggie would be at the prime of her life, reproducing and roaming with the herd. In captivity, Maggie twice recently was unable to get up off her concrete floor, requiring the help the Anchorage Fire Department to raise her up.

Maggie arrived at the zoo in 1983 as a baby when her herd in South Africa was culled. She has been alone since Dec. 14, 1997, when the zoo’s other elephant, Annabelle, died at age 33 of a foot infection.

Attention was focused on the zoo in 2004, when it was revealed that Maggie was overweight at 9,120 pounds, more a proper weight for a male African elephant. Calls were made at the time to move Maggie. But the Alaska Zoo did not want to give up its only elephant. The board decided to address the problem by … buying a $100,000, 16,000-pound, custom-built treadmill.

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IDA Writing Alert: Baby elephant turns to her grandmother for milk

Friday, June 1st, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Jun 1, 2007 9:25 AM
Subject: Writing Alert: Baby elephant turns to her grandmother for milk

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an article Jade the baby elephant at St. Louis Zoo who was rejected by her mother. Please write a letter to the editor of The Post-Dispatch about the suffering elephants endure in zoos. Send letters to The Post-Dispatch at letters [at] post-dispatch.com.

Read “Baby elephant turns to her grandmother for milk” online.

Baby elephant turns to her grandmother for milk

By Diane Toroian Keaggy
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Thursday, May. 31 2007

Rejected by her mother, the youngest elephant at the St. Louis Zoo has found a new source of milk: her grandmother.

Three-month old Jade gets about 10 bottles of elephant formula a day but recently started to nurse from grandmother Ellie, who also nurses her own 10-month-old daughter, Maliha.

“It’s a very unique situation,” said curator of mammals Martha Fischer. “We don’t envision that Jade is going to be adopted by Ellie, but we do want Jade to have an opportunity to have some real elephant milk.”

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Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Hopeless Captivity – Ontario’s Roadside Zoos

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

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Date: May 29, 2007 4:21 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Hopeless Captivity – Ontario’s Roadside Zoos

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IDA: Take Action Now to Help Lone Elephant at Alaska Zoo

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Note: For previous IDA alerts re: Maggie the elephant, click here and here.

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: May 25, 2007 2:40 PM
Subject: Take Action Now to Help Lone Elephant at Alaska Zoo

Take Action Now to Help Lone Elephant at Alaska Zoo

Last week on two separate occasions, Maggie, the lone elephant at the Alaska Zoo, was found prone and unable to stand up.

Amidst a torrent of public outcry, IDA called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately investigate the Alaska Zoo, remove Maggie from the Zoo and send her to a sanctuary with the space, climate, and conditions elephants need to thrive.

Foot and joint disease in elephants are linked to cramped quarters, lack of exercise, and standing on hard surfaces like concrete, often in feces and urine. Maggie is especially prone to such unhealthy conditions, as she must live completely indoors during the harsh Alaskan winter, constantly walking and standing on hard concrete.

In December 1997, Maggie’s long-time elephant companion, Annabelle, also collapsed and could not right herself. News reports indicate that Annabelle was “so sick with infection in her foot and hurting so badly that she couldn’t stand up anymore.” She was euthanized at age 33, half an elephant’s natural lifespan.

Earlier this week, the Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution supporting Maggie’s transfer to a suitable facility. The Alaska Zoo’s Board of Directors will consider Maggie’s fate next Tuesday night. They are soliciting public comments at directors [at] alaskazoo.org. Please send a polite email to urge the Zoo to do right by Maggie and send her to a sanctuary. Urge friends and family members to weigh in as well.

To learn more and to find talking points to help you draft your email, visit http://www.helpelephants.com

If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for IDA’s Action Center.

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization with more than 85,000 members and supporters dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by protecting their rights and welfare. IDA’s efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi and Cameroon, Africa.

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IDA Writing Alert: Alaska Elephant’s Fall Renews Concerns

Friday, May 18th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: May 17, 2007 11:30 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Alaska Elephant’s Fall Renews Concerns

The Washington Post and other papers around the country ran an article about Maggie, the elephant at Alaska Zoo who has fallen twice in the last week and could not stand back up on her own. Please write a letter to the editor of the Post or your local paper if it runs the story about the suffering elephants endure in zoos, supporting the movement to send Maggie to a sanctuary. Send letters to the Post at letters [at] washpost.com.

Read “Alaska Elephant’s Fall Renews Concerns” online.

Alaska Elephant’s Fall Renews Concerns

By RACHEL D’ORO
The Associated Press
Thursday, May 17, 2007; 5:57 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s only elephant had to be hoisted to her feet for the second time in a week, renewing concerns about the health of the 7,500-pound animal.

Maggie was down for six or seven hours before she was lifted upright Wednesday in her enclosure at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. On Sunday the 25-year-old African elephant was down on her concrete floor for as long as 19 hours before she was set back on her feet.

The incidents have renewed calls by animal advocates to relocate Maggie to a warmer locale where she can exercise in a more natural environment and be around other elephants. Critics said Maggie’s lack of exercise might be causing degenerative muscle problems or arthritis.

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IDA Writing Alert: Dulary finds sanctuary, and your columnist, in Tenn.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: May 3, 2007 1:08 AM
Subject: Writing Alert: Dulary finds sanctuary, and your columnist, in Tenn.

The Philadelphia Daily News printed an opinion piece about the arrival of Dulary the Philadelphia Zoo elephant at The Elephant Sanctuary. Please write a letter to the editor of The Philadelphia Daily News thanking them for publishing the piece. Send letters to views@phillynews.com.

Read “Dulary finds sanctuary, and your columnist, in Tenn.” online.

Dulary finds sanctuary, and your columnist, in Tenn.

WITH TRUNK PACKED FOR A TRIP, SHE GAINS A FRIEND & A NEW LIFE

Stu Bykofsky

HOHENWALD, Tenn. – After teasing staffers and press for more than four hours, at 5:27 p.m. CDT yesterday, a former Philadelphian named Dulary became the latest pampered permanent pachyderm guest at the Elephant Sanctuary here.

She left the Philadelphia Zoo at 8 a.m. Monday for the 900-mile drive to Hohenwald in a specially designed trailer she proved reluctant to leave, despite the encouraging welcome from Tarra, the first elephant at the 2,700-acre sanctuary, which opened in 1995.

It was Dulary’s first trip off the grounds of America’s First Zoo, where she arrived 42 years ago from Thailand as a 1-year-old infant. In all the ensuing decades, she never got to commune with her own species – Asian elephants.

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IDA Writing Alert: Philadelphia Zoo elephants going to Pittsburgh

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Apr 26, 2007 9:49 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Philadelphia Zoo elephants going to Pittsburgh

The Delaware News Journal printed an article about the elephants at Philadelphia Zoo being sent to Pittsburgh. Please write a letter to the editor of The News Journal about the suffering elephants endure in zoos. Send letters via an online form.

Read “Philadelphia Zoo elephants going to Pittsburgh” online.

Philadelphia Zoo elephants going to Pittsburgh

The News Journal
Posted Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Philadelphia Zoo’s three African elephants will move to the Pittsburgh Zoos International Conservation Center in Fairhope, Somerset County.

The elephants were originally slated to move to the Baltimore Zoo, but a delay in exhibit plans caused the zoo to look for another home.

The International Conservation Center will not be a public facility and officials say they hope to encourage the elephants to breed there.

“The ICC will enable the Pittsburgh Zoo to play a major role in addressing the need to increase successful reproduction in the African elephant population in North America, and to develop a national program for training managers and keepers to provide the highest level of care for these magnificent animals,” says Dr. Barbara Baker, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

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IDA Writing Alert: I am an elephant

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Please also take a moment to cast your vote in this poll on The Philadelphia Daily News’ website:

Daily News Poll: Do you think elephants belong in zoos?

I have no clue how long it’s been up, but it appears to still be registering new votes…

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Apr 19, 2007 9:51 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: I am an elephant

The Philadelphia Daily News printed an opinion piece on the suffering elephants endure in zoos and circus. Please write a letter to the editor of The Philadelphia Daily News thanking them for publishing the piece. Send letters to views [at] phillynews.com.

Read “I am an elephant” online.

I am an elephant

By Stu Bykofshy

I AM AN ELEPHANT.

I was not born for your amusement any more than you were born for mine.

If you see me in the zoo, and especially in the circus, which arrived here yesterday, I am not there willingly.

I was kidnapped and carried far, far away from my home and my family. I might have been an adult, but was more likely a baby when captured. Some “brave” hunter might have killed my mother – who could be dangerous – and sold me to a zoo or circus as an orphan.

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IDA: April 18th Day of Action for Elephants!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

UPDATE, 4/18/07, via In Defense of Animals:

Today you received an alert asking you to call your Congressperson and Senators asking them to support IDA’s citizens petition to the USDA calling for enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act at zoos holding elephants.

A number of people have called to request contact information for the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chairs of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, who we suggested your federal representatives call in support of the petition.

If you would like to contact these individuals and ask them to make sure that the USDA moves swiftly on the IDA petition to force zoos to comply with the Animal Welfare Act by providing adequate space and conditions to elephants, here is the contact information:

Mike Johanns
Secretary of Agriculture
Tel: (202) 720-3631
Email: Mike.Johanns [at] usda.gov

Collin Peterson
Chair – House Agriculture Committee
Tel: (202) 225-8510
Email: agriculture [at] mail.house.gov

Tom Harkin
Chair, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Tel: (202) 224-3254
Fax: (202) 224-9369
TDD: (202) 224-4633
Email: http://harkin.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm

Thank you very much to everyone who is taking the time today to speak out for the elephants languishing in our nation’s zoos!

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Apr 16, 2007 5:42 PM
Subject: URGENT: APRIL 18TH DAY OF ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS!

URGENT: APRIL 18TH DAY OF ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS!

TELL CONGRESS: IT’S TIME FOR BIG CHANGES FOR ELEPHANTS IN ZOOS!

On Wednesday, April 18, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will take to Capitol Hill for its “Congressional Leadership Day.”

This is a great opportunity for us to speak up and bring attention to the plight of elephants in zoos!

While AZA seeks increased federal support, let’s remind Congress that elephants are suffering in zoos and it’s just not right!

ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18TH, WE ARE ASKING EVERYONE TO CALL, FAX, OR EMAIL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS AND DEMAND THAT THE ZOO INDUSTRY MAKE BIG CHANGES FOR EARTH’S LARGEST LAND MAMMAL.

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IDA Writing Alert: Why keeping 2 elephants at Phila. Zoo makes sense

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Shorter Carolyn Davis: “Fuck the elephants, what about the chillun?! If my Jimmy wants to throw rocks at Kallie, then my Jimmy is gonna throw rocks at Kallie!!!1!!1”

(Sorry for all the obscenities today, folks, I’ve just had my fill of stupid for the week, and it’s only Wednesday. Color me grumpy.)

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Apr 10, 2007 7:27 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Why keeping 2 elephants at Phila. Zoo makes sense

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an opinion piece about the elephants at the Philadelphia Zoo in support of keeping them at the Zoo. Please write a letter to the editor of the Inquirer about the suffering elephants endure in zoos, especially small enclosures like the one in Philadelphia. Send letters to inquirer.letters [at] phillynews.com.

Read “Why keeping 2 elephants at Phila. Zoo makes sense” online.

Why keeping 2 elephants at Phila. Zoo makes sense

By Carolyn Davis

Commentary

The Philadelphia Zoo should keep two of its elephants, even if they are bored, even if they cannot roam the savannas, woodlands and forests of Africa or Asia, even if captivity means a shortened life.

It’s worth the trade-off if Kallie, Bette or Petal stay to fire the imagination of children and educate young and old about wildlife and the importance of conservation.

Zoo officials are closing one of the most popular attractions: the elephant exhibit. The space for these behemoths is too small – most zoos’ space for elephants is too small, according to animal-rights activists.

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IDA Writing Alert: Elephants spur passions, emotion

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Apr 9, 2007 10:32 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Elephants spur passions, emotion

The El Paso Times published an editorial written by the El Paso Zoo Director citing reasons he believes the elephants at the El Paso Zoo should stay at the zoo in spite of the inability of the zoo to provide for the elephants’ needs. Please write a letter to the editor of El Paso Times to urge readers to support sending Savannah and Juno to a sanctuary. Send letters to the El Paso Times via an online form.

Read “Elephants spur passions, emotion” online.

Elephants spur passions, emotion

By Steve Marshall

Activists seem to be passionate and emotional about the two Asian elephants at the El Paso Zoo. Good. That is just the reaction that people should have about elephants.

My elephant keepers are absolutely passionate and emotional about Juno and Savannah. So am I. So is the rest of the staff at the zoo. So is this community.

Because of Juno and Savannah, the keepers, the zoo staff, and the community are also passionate and emotional about wild Asian elephants and wild places on Earth. Good. That is just the reaction that people should have when they are near an elephant.

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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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IDA Writing Alert: LA Zoo to retire elephant to animal sanctuary

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

For another take on the LA Zoo’s decision, see Last Chance for Animals’ most recent alert, crossposted here.

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Mar 13, 2007 1:55 AM
Subject: Writing Alert: LA Zoo to retire elephant to animal sanctuary

The Los Angeles Times ran an article about the announcement that Ruby, an elephant at the L.A. Zoo, will be sent to a sanctuary. Please write a letter to the editor of the Times about the suffering elephants endure in zoos, due to their artificial environments. Please thank the zoo for making the compassionate decision to send Ruby to a sanctuary. Send letters to letters [at] latimes.com.

Read “LA Zoo to retire elephant to animal sanctuary” online.

LA Zoo to retire elephant to animal sanctuary

By Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
March 12, 2007

The Los Angeles Zoo is expected to announce today that it is retiring its female African elephant, Ruby, to an animal sanctuary in Central California.

The decision ends months of speculation over whether the pachyderm would go to another zoo or a sanctuary, and was praised by animal rights activists who lobbied for several years for her retirement to a preserve.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has expressed concern about the conditions for elephants at the L.A. Zoo, plans to discuss the decision to relocate Ruby at a news conference today.

“I am very pleased that the city and the zoo recognize that it’s best to send Ruby to a sanctuary, which unlike a zoo can provide the vast space and natural conditions that elephants need,” Catherine Doyle, elephant campaign director for In Defense of Animals, said Sunday night.

Activists have made the zoo’s elephant habitat a rallying cry, long arguing that the giant land animals, which roam miles in the wild and form social bonds, simply do not have enough space at the L.A. Zoo.

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LCA: A Dark Day for All Elephants

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

UPDATE, 3/14/07, via Last Chance for Animals:

I would like to thank all of you who took action on the alert sent out Monday regarding the elephants at the Los Angeles Zoo. The Mayor’s office has received them and our message was heard.

Second, there have been a few questions regarding LCA’s position on the issue, and I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify.

LCA is very happy that Ruby is going to a sanctuary. She has spent many years in both the circus and zoo environments and has suffered tremendously. Her relocation to the PAWS sanctuary is a positive first step. If and when we know the elephant exhibit will be permanently closed, it will be a meaningful one in the larger context.

I want to make it clear that I am concerned about Ruby and Billy as I am about all other elephants. I don’t want to continue seeing elephants suffering and dying in zoos, as I have for almost 20 years, and I certainly don’t want to see zoos viewing sanctuaries as a dumping place for their unwanted elephants.

We are very much still willing to work with Mayor Villaraigosa and have hope that he will do the right thing.

As for any further action, please hold off on sending any emails and letters or making any calls or faxes to Villaraigosa right now. Our position was made crystal clear and we will take this opportunity to reformulate our campaign plans. We will keep you informed as things unfold and will definitely let you know when the time is right for more action.

Thank you for your quick action and for your continued support.

The elephants will win this one.

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From: Last Chance for Animals
Date: Mar 12, 2007 7:08 PM
Subject: Dark Day for All Elephants

Darkest Day for All Elephants; One L.A. Zoo Elephant Out, Eight More to Arrive

The Los Angeles Zoo announced today that they are sending Ruby, the African elephant, to a sanctuary. However, the zoo has not bothered to announce that the plan for the new exhibit is to house as many as eight elephants; making the new $39 million exhibit smaller in comparison to the old exhibit.

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IDA Writing Alert: Preparing for an elephantine goodbye

Monday, March 5th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Mar 5, 2007 9:20 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Preparing for an elephantine goodbye

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an article about the looming departure of the elephants at Philadelphia Zoo. One elephant, Dulary, will go to a sanctuary, while the other three will be sent to another zoo. Please write a letter to the editor of the Inquirer about the suffering elephants endure in zoos, especially small enclosures like the one at Philadelphia Zoo, and thank the zoo for sending Dulary to a sanctuary. Send letters to inquirer.letters [at] phillynews.com.

Read “Preparing for an elephantine goodbye” online.

Preparing for an elephantine goodbye

By Julie Stoiber
Inquirer Staff Writer

“When you leave,” one fan wrote, “you are taking our hearts with you.”

The Philadelphia Zoo has begun a send-off celebration for some of its best-loved stars as it prepares to close the elephant exhibit this spring and send Petal, Dulary, Bette and Kallie to new homes.

Dulary, 42, who was captured in Thailand as a baby and has lived in Philadelphia since, will move in late March or early April to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

Petal, 50, an African who has lived in Philadelphia most of her life, is expected to move by early June to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, along with Kallie, 24, and Bette, 23, leaving the Philadelphia Zoo without elephants for the first time in its 133-year history.

“When you leave you are taking our hearts with you,” wrote a zoo-watcher named Rini, echoing the sentiments of many who posted messages on the zoo’s online goodbye card.

The zoo also has issued elephant trading cards, and plans to fete the sociable pachyderms with Elephun Days the last two weekends in March, offering photo ops and other farewell activities.

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IDA Writing Alert: Elephant House now tops zoo projects

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Feb 15, 2007 5:12 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Elephant House now tops zoo projects

The Buffalo News published a story about Buffalo Zoo’s plans to expand their elephant house. Please write a letter to the editor of the Buffalo News on the suffering elephants endure in zoos. Send letters to the Buffalo News at LetterToEditor [at] buffnews.com.

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Elephant House now tops zoo projects

Buffalo News – Buffalo,NY,USA
By TOM BUCKHAM, News Staff Reporter
2/15/2007

The elephants played leapfrog Wednesday in the Buffalo Zoo.

If $1 million can be secured over the next few months, the internal expansion of the Elephant House will be done this summer, Donna M. Fernandes, zoo president, said at a news conference kicking off fundraising. If not, the work will be done in the summer of 2008.

“We’re approaching foundations for help,” Fernandes said. Others may pitch in by holding white elephant sales, bake sales and car washes or selling “I Love Elephants” wristbands available at the zoo. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers in the Elephant House campaign, which will end May 31.

Late last year, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums mandated that the landmark 1912 facility, which houses three female Asian elephants, be brought into compliance with current elephant care standards. That meant increasing the holding area to 1,200 square feet.

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IDA Writing Alert: What’s best for Maggie? Should Maggie stay or go?

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Jan 19, 2007 2:29 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: What’s best for Maggie? Should Maggie stay or go?

The Anchorage Daily News published a story about Maggie, the lone elephant at the Alaska Zoo, who activists are working to get sent to a sanctuary. Please write a letter to the editor of the Daily News on the suffering elephants endure in zoos, urging readers to support sending Maggie to a sanctuary. Send letters to the Daily News at letters [at] adn.com.

Read “What’s best for Maggie? Should Maggie stay or go?” online.

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