Watoto, the sole African elephant at Woodland Zoo Park in Seattle, was sadly euthanized on August 22nd. She collapsed sometime during the night and just lay there unattended and unaided without medical attention because the zoo doesn’t have staff overnight to monitor their animals.
When the zoo keepers arrived in the morning they were unable to lift Watoto with straps and heavy equipment so they euthanized her at just 45 years of age.
The poor creature who knows how long she had lain on the floor, shocking, just shocking. there is no excuse.
No animal belongs in a zoo. An elephant in the wild may expect to live for sixty to seventy years, Watoto as a result of her confinement died a premature death in middle age.
Similar early deaths are all to common place for elephants living in captivity in zoos.
There remain two other elephants at the zoo, Bamboo and Chai. We must not let the same thing happen to them.
Here is Chai pacing and swaying. This is how elephants behave when they are bored or stressed.
Help Bamboo and Chai to a better life, a more natural and enriched life that a sanctuary would provide. Please contact Mayor Ed Murray and the members of Seattle’s city council and urge them to retire Bamboo and Chai to a sanctuary now.
You can use an online form from In Defence of Animals to contact Mayor Murray and take the other actions listed below by clicking the link which follows:
You could write and mail a letter to Mayor Ed Murry using the above form letter as a template or write your own – remember there is a deadline of September 15th so those not living in the USA might be better to e-mail, fax or telephone or leave a message on the mayors Facebook page.
Why not write to the zoo.
The arrest of a deadly six-man poaching gang this past Sunday in Niassa National Reserve, on Mozambique’s border with Tanzania, could mark a turning point in the war on elephants for two African nations critical to the survival of the species.
In a 1 a.m. raid, the result of a 10-month-long investigation, local police together with wildlife scouts from Niassa and the adjacent Lugenda Wildlife Reserve surrounded the gang members as they were transporting a dozen ivory tusks.
In a 1 a.m. raid, the result of a 10-month-long investigation, local police together with wildlife scouts from Niassa and the adjacent Lugenda Wildlife Reserve surrounded the gang members as they were transporting a dozen ivory tusks. The largest of the tusks, at 57 pounds apiece, came from an elephant believed to have been at least 40 years old. Police also confiscated two high-powered hunting rifles. During questioning, the shooter in the group, a skilled marksman, admitted to having killed 39 elephants in Niassa this year alone. That admission came in a bid to obtain repatriation to Tanzania, where four of the alleged poachers are based, according to Alastair Nelson, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society Mozambique program, which comanages Niassa with the national government. “But that’s not going to happen this time,” he said.
“These guys are in prison now, and we’re pretty confident they’re going to remain there. Mozambique’s new minister of tourism himself phoned the warden and asked that these men be tried under a new law passed June 20.” That law, for the conservation of biodiversity, criminalizes poaching of endangered species. In the past, poachers often got off with a fine. The new law mandates a prison sentence of eight to 12 years, on conviction. That represents a major change for Mozambique, where in the run-up to elections last year, local police and politicians were rumored to be themselves participating in ivory poaching. “We’re seeing a number of things beginning to align,” said Nelson. “We have had intelligence before, but it hasn’t been so easy to act.” Or to get the cooperation of local police. “Up to now, conservation and the environment have not been high up on the list of political priorities,” he added. “Mozambique is one of the 10 poorest countries in the world. But there’s more attention to the environment now, and tourism is moving up on the agenda as well.” The government also faces increasing pressure from neighboring countries, including Tanzania and South Africa, about poachers from Mozambique crossing the border to kill elephants and rhinos in those countries. The pressure from Tanzania represents a major change. “In the past, there was extraordinary reluctance to even admit that there was a poaching problem,” a WCS biologist told TakePart last October, largely because the government was hoping to win international permission to sell its stash of almost 100 tons of confiscated ivory. But that effort failed, and at a U.N.-sponsored conference in May, Tanzanian Vice President Mohamed Gharib Bilal issued a plea for international help. With about 10,000 elephants being killed in Tanzania every year, conservationists predicted that elephants would be completely eradicated there in just seven years.
Tanzania is scheduled to host another major elephant conference in November. “They’re now trying to take a leadership role” on the issue, said Nelson. Niassa is a wilderness roughly the size of Tennessee, and in a 2011 survey, it was home to 12,000 elephants. With 500 elephants killed by poachers this year alone, that number has almost certainly dropped. According to Nelson, the poachers arrested on Sunday represent just one of five gangs now working in the reserve. Asked if the arrest of relatively low-level poachers—shooters, porters, and poaching informants—would make much difference for Niassa, Nelson said, “This particular group is highly professional at what they do. That shooter has killed 39 elephants this year. He does this at night, using expensive hunting rifles, probably stolen, and that suggests that he’s brave and exceptionally good. This isn’t an ordinary low-end elephant poacher, and he has been working in Niassa for over a year. Another guy in the gang was the connection to the next guy up the chain. So they’re not that low down.” “This work on the ground,” said WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper, who was in Niassa, “is part of a three-part strategy to stop the killing of elephants and stop the trafficking and demand for ivory. To solve this crisis, we need to focus efforts in Africa and on the other end of the supply chain in places such as China and the U.S.,” which ranks second in the illegal trade, largely because tourists continue to smuggle carved ivory knickknacks into this country from China.
The turning point in the war on elephants could be happening not just in Tanzania and Mozambique but on a global scale. A march to urge more effective steps to protect elephants and rhinos takes place in cities around the world on Oct. 4. And just this week, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that African elephants have now reached a tipping point, where more animals are being killed each year than are being born. With the population heading down at a rate of 3 percent a year, extinction in the wild of the earth’s largest land animal has become a dismaying possibility.
Source: By Richard Conniff Takepart.com http://news.yahoo.com/mozambique-moves-elephant-poachers-endangered-species-140811005.html
Photo: Niassa National Reserve Mozambique http://www.journeysbydesign.com/media/com_journeysbydesigncontent/images/entity/main/05-07-basili-081-2.jpg
Raju the elephant was recently released from captivity after enduring 50 years of abuse, but the Indian government is considering returning Raju to his abusive former owner. Tell the Prime Minister of India to protect Raju’s freedom and charge his former owner with animal cruelty.
Target: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Goal: Prevent freed elephant from returning to his abusive former owner
Raju the elephant wept after activists removed the chains that had been wrapped around his legs for the past 50 years. They transported Raju to Wildlife SOS’s Elephant Conservation and Care Center where he has been living with five female elephants for the last two months. Claiming that Raju is his property, the abusive former owner has launched a legal battle to repossess the liberated elephant. The Indian government must show compassion and never allow Raju to be placed in chains again.
Raju had been a calf in the wild when poachers captured him decades ago. After shackling his legs, Raju’s owners beat him until he learned to submit to them. Each time he was sold to a new master, they would beat Raju to break his spirit and exert their dominance over him. Malnourished and with no shelter at night, Raju began eating discarded paper and plastic in order to survive.
In July, 10 wildlife experts from Wildlife SOS along with 20 Forest Department and Police officers rescued Raju from captivity. They transported him to a safe environment where he is learning to socialize with other elephants again. Suffering from a serious limp and open wounds, Raju also bears psychological wounds after 50 years of mistreatment. Hesitant to socialize at first, Raju arrived at the conservation greeted by the other elephants gently touching him with their trunks.
By signing the petition below, you will urge the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, to protect Raju and prevent him from being returned to an owner who abused and neglected him.
PETITION LETTER: http://animalpetitions.org/16249/save-elephant-from-forced-return-to-captivity/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=d5e9d4677a-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-d5e9d4677a-77807085
Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
You cannot allow the Indian government to force Raju the elephant back into the captivity of an owner who commits animal cruelty. It took his rescuers 45 minutes to free Raju from the chains that were biting into his flesh. After the shackles that had held him prisoner for 50 years had been removed, Raju wept with joy.
At Wildlife SOS’s Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Raju is healing from his wounds and learning to socialize with other elephants again. If your government forces him back into the arms of his abusive owner, you will be sending a message to other owners endorsing cruelty to animals. Instead of considering the former owner’s claims, you should charge him with animal cruelty and neglect. Your government has the power to allow Raju to live out his days in peace or shackled in chains. What will you choose?
[Your Name Here]
Applaud Travel Company for Supporting Anti-Animal Attraction Campaign
A travel company has removed information on elephant rides from its tourism programs in support of a campaign against animal attractions. Applaud the travel company for helping put an end to animal cruelty and exploitation.
Target: Geoff Manchester, Co-founder and Director of Intrepid Travel
Goal: Applaud travel company for taking a stand against abusive animal attractions
After realizing how much cruelty and abuse is inflicted upon many wild animals to fuel tourism demands, co-founder and director of Intrepid Travel, Geoff Manchester, has decided to support a campaign against elephant rides and animal attractions. Intrepid Travel, a small travel company founded in Melbourne, Australia, has also stopped including elephant rides in its itineraries as a part of the company’s pledge to stop cruelty and abuse toward wild animals and to support animal-friendly tourism.
Since making the changes within the company, Intrepid Travel is also encouraging other travel agencies and companies to support the end of animal entertainment. Many people do not realize the amount of physical and mental abuse these animals are forced to endure during their lives as part of a tourist attraction. In most cases, the animals involved in these attractions were illegally poached and captured in order to fuel the increasing tourism demand.
By removing elephant ride information from its itineraries for countries that offer that attraction, such as Thailand, Intrepid Travel is taking a stand against the cruel business of animal entertainment. There are many other alternatives for tourists to enjoy that do not involve the exploitations of defenseless animals. Sign this petition to applaud the actions of this Australian travel agency.
PETITION LETTER: http://animalpetitions.org/16251/applaud-travel-company-for-supporting-anti-animal-attraction-campaign/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=d5e9d4677a-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-d5e9d4677a-77807085
Dear Geoff Manchester,
I would like to thank you for supporting the campaign against elephant rides and animal attractions. I have recently learned that you have removed elephant ride information from your program as part of your pledge. I am happy that your company is following through on its promises to help put an end to this cruel entertainment business.
Many animals are forced to endure physical and mental abuse as they are exploited by the animal entertainment business. As the popularity of animal attractions increase, many wild animals are poached and captured to fuel the demands of tourism. No animal should ever have to go through tortuous training just for the sake of our entertainment.
Thank you again for taking action against this issue. I sincerely hope that many more travel companies consider animal-friendly alternatives for their tourist programs and save innocent animals from a life of abuse. If enough people support the end of animal attractions, then together we can end this and protect the lives of countless animals from being exploited.
[Your Name Here]
New York State has some of the highest trafficking of rhino, elephant, and mammoth ivory. Recently, new restrictions and harsher penalties have been implemented to stop the sale of ivory products in New York. Thank Governor Cuomo for signing this new law in one of the largest ivory markets in the U.S.
Target: Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State
Goal: Thank governor for signing rhino, elephant, and mammoth ivory ban
A new law has been signed to prevent the illegal trade of items made of ivory in New York State. The law was signed on World Elephant Day. Criminal and civil penalties for buyers and sellers will be strengthened as a result of the ban.
This ban helps to protect endangered elephant populations worldwide, especially since New York is believe to be the largest market for ivory in the U.S. The sale of elephant and mammoth ivory as well as rhinoceros horns will not be permitted. Exceptions apply to antiques that are shown to be at least 100 years old and only containing a small amount of ivory.
Poachers have long since sold ivory products for a large profit due to the demand. Animals are slaughtered and butchered to retrieve the ivory tusks. The Wildlife Conservation Society has estimated that 96 elephants are killed every day to fuel the trade. This threatens many species with extinction. Additionally, elephant poachers in other nations often support terrorist actions and drug trade. They act with impunity and are helped by receptive markets in New York City and elsewhere.
Governor Cuomo made a statement after signing the ban that described his action towards the harmful ivory trade. “Today, New York State is taking a stand against a dangerous and cruel industry that is endangering animals across the world…Restricting the market for ivory articles will help bring an end to the slaughtering of elephants and rhinoceroses and sends a clear message that we will not allow the illegal ivory trade to continue in New York. I urge other states and nations to join us in working to protect these endangered species for generations to come.” Sign the petition to thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to this cause.
PETITION LETTER: http://animalpetitions.org/15699/praise-governor-for-banning-ivory-sales/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=d5e9d4677a-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-d5e9d4677a-77807085
Dear Governor Cuomo,
Thank you for your incredible action to protect endangered species worldwide by banning the sale of ivory products in New York. The adoption of stricter regulations and penalties is a huge step in deterring the ivory trade. This will hopefully end New York State’s role in the deadly and cruel international ivory trades.
This is an important step in enhancing global protections for critical species and animal populations. Your actions will help to reduce and hopefully eliminate illegal ivory trades in New York and elsewhere.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Hugh Grant via Pixabay
Right now, humans are the biggest danger to Africa’s wildlife. We need to be the solution, or it will be too late.Every day, poachers kill 100 more elephants. We need you to join our team of 100 new monthly activists to help us bring that number to 0 – for all of Africa’s wildlife.
- author: Louise Bostic
- target: The Right Honourable D. M. Jayaratne, Department of Wildlife Conservation – Sri Lanka
- signatures: 4,606
we’ve got 4,606 signatures, help us get to 5,000
Saama is a 27 year old elephant currently residing at the Alan Mathiniyaramaya temple in Sri Lanka. She was gifted to them 3 years ago by the Pinnawala Elephant Orphange. As you can see from the pictures above, she is being severely neglected and is in desperate need of proper veterinary care.
According to sources, this is not the first elephant to have been mistreated her currently mahout. In the past, another elephant died in his care.
We are petitioning the Department of Wildlife Conservation – Sri Lanka as well as the Right Honourable D. M. Jayaratne to not only see that her owner pays for proper medical treatment but also to have her moved to a sanctuary where she may spend her remaining years. As well, we are asking that any other elephants currently residing at the Alan Mathiniyaramaya temple be sent to a sanctuary and that the temple be banned from owning or keeping any other elephants in the future.
Please sign and share. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/423/548/223/saama-the-elephant-in-desperate-need-of-proper-veterinary-care/