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February 14th, 2013 by Nicole Meyer

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Tania is a 37-year-old elephant suffering a life of solitary confinement at the Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania, transferred from an Italian zoo in September. Although the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria requires that zoos house female elephants in groups, Tania continues to languish without the company of other elephants. This is cruel punishment for female elephants, who are profoundly social. 

Tania was captured in the wild in the 1970s, likely prematurely separated from her mother and other family members. She was then sent to a zoo in France where she appears to have lived alone for more than 20 years.

Observers note that since her arrival at Targu-Mures Zoo, Tania has been forced to live indoors in a tiny barren cell standing on concrete, often in her own urine and feces. The zoo industry reportedly claims that Tania does not get along with other elephants. Yet, zoos often use this claim to justify housing solitary elephants when, in fact, it is the unnatural conditions at zoos that deprive elephants of their most basic needs—room to move and more natural social groupings. Tania also repeatedly rocks and sways, which is a coping mechanism indicating she is in psychological distress. 

Please write a polite letter to the European Commissioner for the Environment, who is responsible for implementing and enforcing the EU Zoo Directive. Urge the Commissioner to investigate Tania’s situation, and work toward raising standards to improve the lives of millions of zoo animals in the European Union.

Mr. Janez Potocnik, Commissioner for the Environment
European Commission
Environment DG
B-1049 Brussels
Belgium
Email: janez.potocnik@ec.europa.eu

Also, ask the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria to take immediate action to alleviate Tania’s suffering and integrate her with other elephants.

EAZA Executive Office
Dr. Lesley Dickie, Executive Director
c/o Artis Zoo – Amsterdam
PO Box 20164
1000 HD Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Email: lesley.dickie@eaza.net

View video of Tania at the Targu-Mures Zoo. 

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  149. March 23, 2013 at 5:22 am, Bettina Galo (@bettinagalo) said:

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    Mr. Janez Potocnik, Commissioner for the Environment
    European Commission
    Environment DG
    B-1049 Brussels
    Belgium

    European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
    EAZA Executive Office
    Dr. Lesley Dickie, Executive Director
    c/o Artis Zoo – Amsterdam
    PO Box 20164
    1000 HD Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    ELEPHANT TANIA NEEDS YOUR HELP

    Tania is a 37-year-old elephant suffering a life of solitary confinement at the Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania, transferred from an Italian zoo in September. Although the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria requires that zoos house female elephants in groups, Tania continues to languish without the company of other elephants. This is cruel punishment for female elephants, who are profoundly social.
    Tania was captured in the wild in the 1970s, likely prematurely separated from her mother and other family members. She was then sent to a zoo in France where she appears to have lived alone for more than 20 years.

    Observers note that since her arrival at Targu-Mures Zoo, Tania has been forced to live indoors in a tiny barren cell standing on concrete, often in her own urine and feces. The zoo industry reportedly claims that Tania does not get along with other elephants. Yet, zoos often use this claim to justify housing solitary elephants when, in fact, it is the unnatural conditions at zoos that deprive elephants of their most basic needs—room to move and more natural social groupings. Tania also repeatedly rocks and sways, which is a coping mechanism indicating she is in psychological distress.

    Please write a polite letter to the European Commissioner for the Environment, who is responsible for implementing and enforcing the EU Zoo Directive. Urge the Commissioner to investigate Tania’s situation, and work toward raising standards to improve the lives of millions of zoo animals in the European Union.

    Horrified by the way is this animal, I write asking, demanding as a citizen of the Republic of Uruguay, take immediate mendidas to give the solution described above and asked in the letter. Including an immediate investigation into the status and care of animals in the zoo. Penalizing and bringing to justice those responsible for this atrocity direct. Before the world is a real shame.

    Bettina Galo
    Secretary of Vice-President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, South America
    Dr. Henry E. Tarigo
    period 1985-1990
    Currently conducting activities in the Senate

    Reply

  150. March 22, 2013 at 10:40 am, Cindy said:

    Please Let Tania live out the rest her life in a sanctuary, she’s had such a horrible, sad, lonely existence most of her life, this is very unfair and should never ever have happened in the first place, but that’s to late now. But you could show some much needed compassion and Set Poor Tania Free!!!!!!

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  151. March 22, 2013 at 2:15 am, Madeleine Enström said:

    Wild animals should be wild as simple as that! To imprison them in such a small area is torture! Let her be free.

    Reply

    • March 22, 2013 at 6:40 am, Mary Livingstone said:

      Let Tania live among other elephant. Don’t keep her in isolation.

      Reply

  152. March 15, 2013 at 4:50 am, DURAND said:

    ENGLISH : March 6, 2013: Back from Targu Mures Zoo!
    Here’s what I can say:

    It is true that the elephant is currently locked inside because it is too cold for it so, but it is temporary! It shows signs of stereotypy when she loses her handlers take care of her. I guess it will be much better for it once it is in his outdoor enclosure, ie within a few days if spring confirms he settles for good (but this morning it was still negative temperatures). It seems that the scandal is out of Targu Mures, a former director of the new knowledge zoo.Perso him as healers seemed to me extremely close to their animals. They suffered greatly from this mobilization against them and are harassed by the authorities for months, but they face and try to move forward. They really have no interest in fighting the elephant or sequester … We agreed that as soon as she could get, he will phone me to tell me. At this point, I could go when I want to park, not tell me to prove to everyone that he has kept his promise. I hope it will be enough to appease the activists who went too quickly denouncing the zoo. I’m still curious to know who is this association that raises funds for the transfer of Tania when he has never been any question … There are still some weird things in this folder! Soon. Christophe CORET

    A PRESS FOUNDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT ON TANIA THE PETITIONS ARE LAUNCHED AGAINST THE ZOO IS A SCAM, PLEASE REMOVE ALL PETITIONS AVOISINNANT OTHERWISE YOU WILL HAVE TANIA MAJOR PROBLEMS OF (VU WITH BRIGITTE BARDOT FOUNDATION). A PERSON WHO IS DISMISSED FOR REVENGE WAS AGAINST THE ZOO. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE LINK AND YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE TREATY OF ROMANIA ZOO WELL BETTER THAN BABY AND TANIA DE LYON NEPAL

    The arrival of the elephant at the zoo Tania Targu-Mures was a party … which turned into a nightmare!
    Kopacz András worked for 25 years at the zoo in Targu-Mures. This is a man who has worked for many years with the animals in the park and at progressively, rose through the ranks to head the zoo recently. I met this morning (Wednesday, March 6, 2013), following the controversy launched on the internet a few months ago about Tania, first entrusted to the elephant zoo Targu-Mures.
    So I arrived Wednesday morning at the zoo in Targu Mures at the request of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, told a rumor abuse. I visited the zoo in July 2012 and was quite pleasantly surprised by the size and condition of the enclosure, recently renovated. Tanya the elephant had not yet arrived. A huge enclosure had been prepared for her, and a brand new building to serve as shelters.
    So this morning, I paid my ticket at the time of opening of the zoo and took advantage of the absence of visitors to a small overview. While in an ideal world, I’d rather see wild animals in their natural environment, I must admit that I love those moments where visitors have not yet seized and places where animals are singing, which shouting, communicate … and not men.
    I went for a ride in bears. 2 sleeping in their old concrete pit, yet open to a huge park where they live with a pack of wolves. This enclosure bear / wolf is in my opinion an example which proves that the zoo search foremost well-being of its residents, although some animals have retained their old habits.
    I then went to meet Tania. Alone. I discovered inside the building, swinging his head from left to right, but regularly stopping to eat or play with his stone. I noticed several nails on his injured legs. See the elephant and may offend. I understand the emotion that shook the canvas. But it seems equally important to understand what is happening. So I called the Director of the Zoo to announce my arrival and ask him to join me in elephants.
    We quickly got acquainted and started to discuss the case “Tania”. I immediately asked why the elephant was not out when she was a beautiful pen available. He explained that an outflow was expected, but temperatures were too low and he would not risk his resident falls ill. In fact, this morning, the thermometer showed negative temperatures. “We will get him soon as it is over 10 °” assures me there.
    “If Tania arrived in the spring, there would have been no scandal.”
    “When Tania came, it was a celebration, a special day for me, for us. We followed the progress of the truck on the internet. The police escorted him when he entered the city. I was on one of the police cars, taking pictures of the event. “I hear this man tell me with a real passion for the arrival of Tania. It does not, I feel really concerned.
    His tone changes by cons when it tells me that soon after the arrival of the elephant, a scandal broke. A scandal orchestrated by someone he knew well. Who posted messages everywhere. He has received many mails, mostly insults.
    “On his arrival, Tania remained in quarantine. He had to make sure it goes well, but mostly she gets used to his new trainers, she has confidence in us so that we can teach him to come home in his box heated “(winter being rude in Romania). “She came out and took advantage of his pen, but soon the weather came and took the bear inside” (I can confirm that this year the winter was particularly early).
    “I tried to defend myself and explain what was happening, but no one believed me and it was worse! ‘
    The director explained that he was shocked by the insults and threats he quickly received after the publication of images and videos on the internet. He has always accepted constructive criticism, but this time there was a real desire to hurt and unable to interact with opponents. And I believe sincere. Proof? The rumor was widely circulated and amplified by activists in France, who probably thought well, but have not sought to verify the information received. Nobody seems to know the association appealed to grant to finance the transfer of Tania in a sanctuary in the United States … unknown sanctuary also people I contacted … weird!
    The director told me: “People were shocked to see a picture where the elephant was on his knees with a guard who cleaned the floor next to her with a shovel. I recognize that goalkeeper makes a mistake, he would never have to come into the box in the presence of the elephant. But there was never any abuse! ‘
    I found this photo. Yesterday. I sent it. I still do not understand how we could use this picture and that guards beat the elephant with an iron shovel. This is unacceptable. I met Tania healers. They are civil servants, since the zoo is public and belongs to the city of Targu-Mures. There are 4 trainers whose role is to deal with Tania at the zoo. Know the way they earn less than 200 euros per month.
    With this level of wages, it is difficult to motivate trainers and keep them. But since the arrival of Tania, everything changed. Healers were attached to the elephant and have created a special relationship with their protection. They document on elephants, want to learn, something they had never done with other animals! And I understand. The elephant is an extremely sensitive and intelligent animal. They insist to show me that she is not beaten. One of two trainers working that day begins to scratch, but Tania does not react. Then suddenly, she bends down and kneels. And there’s another thing: she knows also meet orders and raise his legs, which allows the veterinarian to treat abscesses that have formed on her nails damaged (it was before his arrival at the park according to the director) .
    Anyway, I see this complicity between Tania and her handlers, and even with the manager who took me to visit the facilities. “We knew badly needs of elephants, he admits, but we are surrounded by experts and have been trained. She always has access to the sand is washed twice daily jet has constant access to an unlimited supply of water for drinking and we try as much as possible to hide her food she seeks. The building is heated and the box exceeds the dimensions required by law. Since the beginning of this scandal, all regulators marched here, everyone! ‘
    Of course, the conditions are not ideal when Tania should be kept inside and I imagine that the elephant must be bored. However, the manager promised me to call me as soon as time will allow Tania to enjoy outside its enclosure. “You will then move unexpectedly and you will see that it will be out and happy. We also expect that the budget is signed for him to dig a pond and send another grooms his training abroad. ‘
    We leave Tania and her handlers to continue the discussion in the office of the zoo. And, I say this with humor, but it’s the truth, facilities animals are much more recent and modern administrative offices of the park! András Kopacz said he has become accustomed to the controls and insults since the arrival of Tania. But he does not want the scandal undermines the image of the zoo. On the one hand not to discourage those who are struggling for a pittance, secondly because he asked to join the EAZA, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and that it would damage their application is rejected because of a scandal not justified.
    I guess some people will also doubt my word. I tell you frankly, I think Mr. András Kopacz and trainers Tania in good faith. I think soon it will be free in his outdoor enclosure and receive the best possible conditions for an elephant in captivity. Obviously, I soon revisiterai the park as soon as the fine weather will arrive to go and shoot Tania … outside.
    There are zoos that deserve to be condemned. Shabby structures that do not have the means to take care of their animals. I guarantee you that this is not the case of Targu-Mures Zoo.
    I hope to come back to you soon with good news of Tania as well as photos and videos of her in his outdoor enclosure. In the meantime, I suggest that those who spread this information without checking to make their mea culpa. From what I heard, 60,000 people have signed a petition from a photo … no checking basic information … whereas in France there are elephants in circuses, which do not receive tenth of care received by Tania Zoo Targu-Mures.

    Petitions amended by Animalus, Chantouvivelavie etc :

    Mars 2013 : De retour du zoo de Targu Mures !

    FRANCAIS : Voici ce que je peux en dire :

    C’est vrai que l’éléphante est pour l’instant enfermée à l’intérieur car il fait encore trop froid pour qu’elle sorte, mais c’est temporaire ! Elle montre des signes de stéréotypie qu’elle perd dès que ses soigneurs s’occupent d’elle. J’imagine que ça ira beaucoup mieux pour elle dès qu’elle sera dans son enclos extérieur, c’est à dire dans quelques jours si le printemps confirme qu’il s’installe pour de bon (mais ce matin, il faisait encore des températures négatives). Il semble que le scandale soit parti de Targu Mures, une ancienne connaissance du nouveau directeur du zoo.Perso, lui comme les soigneurs m’ont paru extrêmement proches de leurs animaux. Ils ont beaucoup souffert de cette mobilisation contre eux et sont harcelés par les autorités depuis des mois, mais ils font face et essayent d’aller de l’avant. Ils n’ont vraiment aucun intérêt à battre l’éléphante ou à la séquestrer… Nous avons convenu que dès qu’elle pourra sortir, il me téléphonera pour me l’annoncer. A ce moment là, je pourrais me rendre quand je veux au parc, sans m’annoncer, pour prouver à tout le monde qu’il a tenu sa promesse. J’espère que ça suffira à calmer les militants qui sont allés un peu vite en dénonçant ce zoo. Je suis quand même curieux de savoir qui est cette association qui collecte des fonds pour le transfert de Tania alors qu’il n’en a jamais été question… Il y a quand même des choses bizarre dans ce dossier ! A bientôt. Christophe CORET

    Reply

  153. March 15, 2013 at 2:08 am, Une amie de Tania said:

    En lisant mon dernier commentaire posté il y a quelques minutes
    vous allez peut-être penser que j’ai subitement changer d’avis pour Tania ?

    En réalité je continue à m’inquiéter pour elle, comme vous tous ici,
    mais j’ai réfléchi à la situation actuelle et aux infos incertaines
    et contradictoires que nous avons sur cette éléphante,
    et j’en suis venue à me dire que nous risquons de faire
    plus de mal que de bien si nous nous acharnons trop
    sur le directeur du zoo et que nous l’accusons sans preuves vérifiées !

    Et je me suis dit aussi que de toute façon il faut bien que
    cette éléphante soit hébergée quelque part
    puisqu’on l’a privée de liberté, alors même si la Roumanie
    est un pays bien trop froid pour les éléphants,
    si elle est bien traitée dans ce zoo ce sera un moindre mal pour elle.

    Donc comme je l’ai déjà dit, j’ai décidé d’attendre
    des photos et des vidéos de Tania
    pour me faire vraiment une opinion sur ses conditions de vie…

    Reply

  154. March 15, 2013 at 1:52 am, Une amie de Tania said:

    Mon avis perso pour Tania c’est qu’il ne faut quand même pas trop en faire pour la sauver à tout prix tant qu’on n’en sait pas plus sur sa vie actuelle au zoo, car si c’est vrai qu’elle est bien traitée, à force que des personnes – bien intentionnées ou pas – affirment le contraire sans preuves, le directeur du zoo risque d’appliquer une solution radicale pour arrêter cette polémique qui lui fait beaucoup de tort, et donc de se débarrasser de Tania par je ne sais quel moyen !
    On nous a dit qu’elle sortira dans son enclos dès qu’il fera moins froid : alors moi je vais attendre qu’on nous la montre dehors, et j’espère que sur IDA et d’autres blogs tout aussi sérieux il y aura des témoignages sincères avec photos et vidéos à l’appui, d’amis de Tania qui auront fait une visite-surprise au zoo de Targu-Mures et nous donneront des vraies nouvelles… J’habite en France et je n’ai pas la possibilité, hélas, d’aller en Roumanie pour voir Tania ! Merci d’avance à ceux qui le pourront.

    Reply

  155. March 14, 2013 at 1:34 am, éléphante said:

    Tania is not in the right enviroment !
    Je m’inquiéte pour Tania ,la réalité est devant mes yeux.Quel animal
    va se sentir heureux de passer la plus part de sa vie ,seul,fermé,
    à regarder les bétons,les barreaux ?Tania a perdu sa liberté,tout sa vie
    a été de misère ,tristesse.La laisser entre les bétons ,c’est la donner
    de plus en plus de souffrance !! Elle mérite aller à un endroit ,que
    puisse la donner un peu de confort ,espace ,pour pouvoir
    bien bouger ,marcher!! Un pays moins froid .

    Reply

  156. March 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm, Une amie de Tania said:

    MESSAGE A TOUS LES VRAIS AMIS DES ANIMAUX : ne nous laissons pas influencer ni impressionner par ceux qui nous affirment par leurs seules paroles, sans aucune preuve, que tout va bien pour Tania et qu’elle sortira dans son enclos dès qu’il fera moins froid en Roumanie ! Depuis plus de 6 mois Tania est prisonnière derrière des barreaux, nous avons le droit et le devoir de nous inquiéter pour elle…

    Reply

  157. March 13, 2013 at 8:59 am, Une amie de Tania said:

    On a beau nous dire que Tania est bien traitée, moi je demande à voir pour croire et je continue à penser que ce n’est pas une vie pour elle, ni pour n’importe quel autre animal sauvage, de rester enfermé pendant des mois et sans compagnon ! Le climat de la Roumanie est bien évidemment trop froid pour les éléphants : Tania n’aurait jamais dû être transférée dans ce zoo !

    Reply

  158. March 13, 2013 at 6:50 am, éléphante said:

    SOS Tania !! Roumanie n’a le climat ,pour les éléphants !! Tania est toujours fermée entre les bétons,derrière les barreaux ,ça n’est pas correcte !

    Reply

  159. March 12, 2013 at 8:51 am, Fau Beaufils said:

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  160. March 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm, DURAND said:

    SHAME TO THE PERSON THAT IS AGAINST THE ZOO avenged.
    AND IF SHE turned against CAR FOR DECEPTION AND BULLYING IS TANIA THERE FOR NOTHING.
    WHAT RISKS? MAYBE YOU RESPOND AS ME.

    Reply

  161. March 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm, DURAND said:

    PETITION TO REMOVE THE TANIA IS A CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE ZOO.
    PETA PERSON AND SHE TOOK REVENGE HAVE BIG PROBLEMS VA

    A PRESS FOUNDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT ON TANIA THE PETITIONS ARE LAUNCHED AGAINST THE ZOO IS A SCAM, PLEASE REMOVE ALL PETITIONS AVOISINNANT OTHERWISE YOU WILL HAVE TANIA MAJOR PROBLEMS OF (VU WITH BRIGITTE BARDOT FOUNDATION).
    A PERSON WHO IS DISMISSED FOR REVENGE WAS AGAINST THE ZOO.
    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE LINK AND YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE TREATY OF ROMANIA ZOO WELL BETTER THAN BABY AND TANIA DE LYON NEPAL

    Reply

  162. March 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm, DURAND said:

    DELETE BIG PROBLEMS IF THE PETITION AGAINST YOU

    A PRESS FOUNDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT ON TANIA THE PETITIONS ARE LAUNCHED AGAINST THE ZOO IS A SCAM, PLEASE REMOVE ALL PETITIONS AVOISINNANT OTHERWISE YOU WILL HAVE TANIA MAJOR PROBLEMS OF (VU WITH BRIGITTE BARDOT FOUNDATION). A PERSON WHO IS DISMISSED FOR REVENGE WAS AGAINST THE ZOO. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE LINK AND YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE TREATY OF ROMANIA ZOO WELL BETTER THAN BABY AND TANIA DE LYON NEPAL

    The arrival of the elephant at the zoo Tania Targu-Mures was a party … which turned into a nightmare!
    Kopacz András worked for 25 years at the zoo in Targu-Mures. This is a man who has worked for many years with the animals in the park and at progressively, rose through the ranks to head the zoo recently. I met this morning (Wednesday, March 6, 2013), following the controversy launched on the internet a few months ago about Tania, first entrusted to the elephant zoo Targu-Mures.
    So I arrived Wednesday morning at the zoo in Targu Mures at the request of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, told a rumor abuse. I visited the zoo in July 2012 and was quite pleasantly surprised by the size and condition of the enclosure, recently renovated. Tanya the elephant had not yet arrived. A huge enclosure had been prepared for her, and a brand new building to serve as shelters.
    So this morning, I paid my ticket at the time of opening of the zoo and took advantage of the absence of visitors to a small overview. While in an ideal world, I’d rather see wild animals in their natural environment, I must admit that I love those moments where visitors have not yet seized and places where animals are singing, which shouting, communicate … and not men.
    I went for a ride in bears. 2 sleeping in their old concrete pit, yet open to a huge park where they live with a pack of wolves. This enclosure bear / wolf is in my opinion an example which proves that the zoo search foremost well-being of its residents, although some animals have retained their old habits.
    I then went to meet Tania. Alone. I discovered inside the building, swinging his head from left to right, but regularly stopping to eat or play with his stone. I noticed several nails on his injured legs. See the elephant and may offend. I understand the emotion that shook the canvas. But it seems equally important to understand what is happening. So I called the Director of the Zoo to announce my arrival and ask him to join me in elephants.
    We quickly got acquainted and started to discuss the case “Tania”. I immediately asked why the elephant was not out when she was a beautiful pen available. He explained that an outflow was expected, but temperatures were too low and he would not risk his resident falls ill. In fact, this morning, the thermometer showed negative temperatures. “We will get him soon as it is over 10 °” assures me there.
    “If Tania arrived in the spring, there would have been no scandal.”
    “When Tania came, it was a celebration, a special day for me, for us. We followed the progress of the truck on the internet. The police escorted him when he entered the city. I was on one of the police cars, taking pictures of the event. “I hear this man tell me with a real passion for the arrival of Tania. It does not, I feel really concerned.
    His tone changes by cons when it tells me that soon after the arrival of the elephant, a scandal broke. A scandal orchestrated by someone he knew well. Who posted messages everywhere. He has received many mails, mostly insults.
    “On his arrival, Tania remained in quarantine. He had to make sure it goes well, but mostly she gets used to his new trainers, she has confidence in us so that we can teach him to come home in his box heated “(winter being rude in Romania). “She came out and took advantage of his pen, but soon the weather came and took the bear inside” (I can confirm that this year the winter was particularly early).
    “I tried to defend myself and explain what was happening, but no one believed me and it was worse! ‘
    The director explained that he was shocked by the insults and threats he quickly received after the publication of images and videos on the internet. He has always accepted constructive criticism, but this time there was a real desire to hurt and unable to interact with opponents. And I believe sincere. Proof? The rumor was widely circulated and amplified by activists in France, who probably thought well, but have not sought to verify the information received. Nobody seems to know the association appealed to grant to finance the transfer of Tania in a sanctuary in the United States … unknown sanctuary also people I contacted … weird!
    The director told me: “People were shocked to see a picture where the elephant was on his knees with a guard who cleaned the floor next to her with a shovel. I recognize that goalkeeper makes a mistake, he would never have to come into the box in the presence of the elephant. But there was never any abuse! ‘
    I found this photo. Yesterday. I sent it. I still do not understand how we could use this picture and that guards beat the elephant with an iron shovel. This is unacceptable. I met Tania healers. They are civil servants, since the zoo is public and belongs to the city of Targu-Mures. There are 4 trainers whose role is to deal with Tania at the zoo. Know the way they earn less than 200 euros per month.
    With this level of wages, it is difficult to motivate trainers and keep them. But since the arrival of Tania, everything changed. Healers were attached to the elephant and have created a special relationship with their protection. They document on elephants, want to learn, something they had never done with other animals! And I understand. The elephant is an extremely sensitive and intelligent animal. They insist to show me that she is not beaten. One of two trainers working that day begins to scratch, but Tania does not react. Then suddenly, she bends down and kneels. And there’s another thing: she knows also meet orders and raise his legs, which allows the veterinarian to treat abscesses that have formed on her nails damaged (it was before his arrival at the park according to the director) .
    Anyway, I see this complicity between Tania and her handlers, and even with the manager who took me to visit the facilities. “We knew badly needs of elephants, he admits, but we are surrounded by experts and have been trained. She always has access to the sand is washed twice daily jet has constant access to an unlimited supply of water for drinking and we try as much as possible to hide her food she seeks. The building is heated and the box exceeds the dimensions required by law. Since the beginning of this scandal, all regulators marched here, everyone! ‘
    Of course, the conditions are not ideal when Tania should be kept inside and I imagine that the elephant must be bored. However, the manager promised me to call me as soon as time will allow Tania to enjoy outside its enclosure. “You will then move unexpectedly and you will see that it will be out and happy. We also expect that the budget is signed for him to dig a pond and send another grooms his training abroad. ‘
    We leave Tania and her handlers to continue the discussion in the office of the zoo. And, I say this with humor, but it’s the truth, facilities animals are much more recent and modern administrative offices of the park! András Kopacz said he has become accustomed to the controls and insults since the arrival of Tania. But he does not want the scandal undermines the image of the zoo. On the one hand not to discourage those who are struggling for a pittance, secondly because he asked to join the EAZA, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and that it would damage their application is rejected because of a scandal not justified.
    I guess some people will also doubt my word. I tell you frankly, I think Mr. András Kopacz and trainers Tania in good faith. I think soon it will be free in his outdoor enclosure and receive the best possible conditions for an elephant in captivity. Obviously, I soon revisiterai the park as soon as the fine weather will arrive to go and shoot Tania … outside.
    There are zoos that deserve to be condemned. Shabby structures that do not have the means to take care of their animals. I guarantee you that this is not the case of Targu-Mures Zoo.
    I hope to come back to you soon with good news of Tania as well as photos and videos of her in his outdoor enclosure. In the meantime, I suggest that those who spread this information without checking to make their mea culpa. From what I heard, 60,000 people have signed a petition from a photo … no checking basic information … whereas in France there are elephants in circuses, which do not receive tenth of care received by Tania Zoo Targu-Mures.

    Petitions amended by Animalus, Chantouvivelavie etc :

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    • March 11, 2013 at 9:20 am, lindabadham said:

      TANIA IS ALONE ! TANIA IS NOT IN THE RIGHT ENVIROMENT ! SO SHES BEING TREATED BY HEALERS, MAKES IT WRONG STILL TO BE IN CAPTIVITY !

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  163. March 07, 2013 at 12:53 am, Gely said:

    HONTE A CEUX QUI MALTRAITENT CET ELEPHANT DE FACON INSUPPORTABLE. ELLE DOIT ETRE LIBEREE ET SES PROPRIETAIRES DOIVENT EN ETRE DEPOSSEDES.
    SIGNEZ !!!

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  164. March 06, 2013 at 4:51 am, Jeanne Dupont said:

    C’est pitoyable de voir ce bel animal qui devrait courir dans la savane, enfermé seul et et manquant de tout ce qui lui est essentiel ! Plus de zoos ni de cirques ! il faut la sortir de cet enfer !

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  165. March 05, 2013 at 1:09 pm, Carolina Mazzarino said:

    STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP avec cette barbarie

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  166. March 05, 2013 at 12:29 am, pillisio said:

    Comment peut regarder cette souffrance sans aucun sentiment de culpabilité, ceux qui ne son pas touché par cette vidéo ne son pas digne de faire parti de la race humaine.

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  167. March 02, 2013 at 6:46 am, Il faut sauver Tania said:

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  168. March 01, 2013 at 3:48 pm, Mary Livingstone said:

    Justice for Tania.

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  169. March 01, 2013 at 2:37 pm, laurence said:

    unhuman conditions of keeping !!!! set her free !!!!

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  170. March 01, 2013 at 9:57 am, jacqueline said:

    your insults will not help Tania. yes but your letter! do as I do, repeat the text of the petition and send it to : ;
    ;

    To:
    FEKETE SZABÓ Andras Levente, Parliamentary Leader for the Democratic Union Of Hungarians in Romania, Chamber of Deputies
    Tirgu-Mures Zoo, Romania, Office of Tirgu-Mures Zoo
    Good day, I have signed the petition to have Tania transferred to an appropriate and well-working elephant sanctuary that suits her the best, and that she can be transported to that’s best for her — carefully & compassionately… preferably The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, USA, who has agreed to take her in upon her being released. It is inhumane and immoral to keep this beautiful creature locked up in a filthy pen, with no other elephants, and so oppressed that she’s trying to inflict pain on herself. We are asking to have Tania immediately transferred to an appropriate, well-working, elephant sanctuary to stop the cruelty and inhumane treatment you are inflicting on her! It is not right!
    Part of Tania’s story:

    She is the only elephant in a zoo in Romania. Her name is Tania, she is 38 yrs old and she can be found at the Targu-Mures Zoo in a 100 sq. meter cage surrounded by filth. She has been constantly seen, very recently, banging her head against the walls and crying in despair… Since her arrival, she bangs her head against the walls – the images were presented on national TV stations at maximum audience hours as something “funny” and as a remarkable achievement of Romanian authorities in entertaining the population and presenting “interesting” things to children. She had even tried to escape the first day she was there! Clearly Tania does not want to be there and she shouldn’t be subject to inhumane, cruel and UNNATURAL treatment! Please do everything you can to try and get Tania transferred to an Elephant Sanctuary!
    Thank you all!

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  171. February 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm, Alexandre Lauzon said:

    Il y a trop de zoos maltraitants, malfaisants et fossoyeurs d’animaux.
    Il Faut Sauver Tania et tous les autres animaux de cette terre.
    Sauver Tania et sera sera un exemple et un grand pas pour l’humanité!!

    There are too many zoos abusive, harmful gravediggers and animals.
    Is it Saving Tania and all the other animals of this earth.
    Tania will be saved and will be an example and a giant leap for mankind!

    Există prea multe grădini zoologice gropari abuzive, dăunătoare și animale.
    Este Salvarea Tania si toate celelalte animale de pe acest pământ.
    Tania va fi salvat și va fi un exemplu și un salt uriaș pentru omenire!

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  172. February 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm, Liese O'Brien said:

    In case anyone has missed it, there is a petition here -

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  173. February 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm, Liese O'Brien said:

    Absolutely tragic – she looks completely broken in spirit, utterly despairing. She has to be rescued from this.

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  174. February 27, 2013 at 7:57 am, lindabadham said:

    i guess other have received the letter from dickie ! what a load of rubbish, we have to pressure them and get this girl out before she dies.

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  175. February 27, 2013 at 7:37 am, Carla Khadijah Florin said:

    no word’s to describe what i feel :(

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  176. February 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm, Speak Up for Elephant in Solitary Confinement at Romanian Zoo - ForceChange said:

    cell at the Targu-Mures Zoo is indoors and the floor is bare, In Defense of Animals (IDAUSA) reports. She has no interaction whatsoever with other elephants–a grave problem, since elephants are

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  177. February 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm, SUBRA said:

    SVP stoppez cette cruauté!!!!

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  178. February 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm, BENAZET said:

    Quelle Honte. Sauvons le Monde Animal que son tortionnaire soit Banni.

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  179. February 26, 2013 at 5:36 am, Verhulst Marie said:

    Please Set her free……it’s so so so sad….how can they do that….
    I wrote the 2 letters you ask for…..

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  180. February 26, 2013 at 2:05 am, roche said:

    how it s possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • February 27, 2013 at 1:26 am, Gwen De Lucchi said:

      Set free!!!!

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      • February 27, 2013 at 9:21 am, Mary Livingstone said:

        This has been going on too long. Why doesn’t someone do something about the animal problem in Romania. This is the second elephant tortured. Just a short time ago an elephant was tortured to death. The zoos in Romania are run by thugs.

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  181. February 25, 2013 at 10:25 am, bonnet said:

    Bonsoir, mi février j’ai écrit à M. Janez Potocnik, et au Dr DICKIE. Je suis toujours en attente d’un retour de M POTOCNIK, mais voici la réponse du Dr DICKIE à mon mail pour Tania. (Le sort de Tania n’est pas ignoré). Si chacun d’entre nous fait un mail en disant ce qu’il ressent sur Tania et demandant de l’aide, je pense que les choses pourront bouger.

    Dear Sophie

    Thank you for getting in touch and I appreciate and share your concern for Tania. I have outlined below the current situation with Tania. I am afraid that some of the information you have been given about Tania is incorrect at this time. Please be assured EAZA is working hard to improve the life of Tania after the damage caused in her pre-EAZA life – she was held in a non-EAZA private facility for many years and this has caused her, through no fault of her own, to be unsociable with other elephants. I also will point you to our website and I hope you will read there some further information about EAZA and the work we undertake (www.eaza.net). Please also note that EAZA sent the information below to Commissioner Potochnik some weeks ago and we are keeping him up to date.

    • On September 14th 2012, Tania was transferred to Tirgu-Mures Zoo in Romania.

    • This transfer was approved by the EAZA European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) Coordinator as Tirgu Mures had a brand new exhibit that we hope in time will better allow the process of socialization for Tania.

    • Tirgu-Mures Zoo has been an EAZA Candidate for Membership since April 2012, meaning they receive guidance and advice from a full EAZA Member institution in the form of a mentor, an experienced zoo and professional working for this institution. Please see here for further information about our animal welfare/substandard zoo programme, Candidate for Membership

    • Tirgu Mures recently built a new elephant enclosure in compliance with EAZA’s Elephant Husbandry Guidelines and throughout the building process has remained in close communication with the EEP Coordinator and their mentor.

    • The zoo’s veterinary staff are in permanent contact with the Head of the veterinary department of Budapest Zoo. Hungary, and a member of the Elephant Specialist Group of EAZA.

    • Tirgu Mures has developed an enrichment program for the elephant which stimulates natural behavior.

    • The inside enclosure is 640 m2 and the outside enclosure is 10.000 m2.

    • The history of Tania which is kept in Tirgu Mures is rather a sad one which I will explain briefly. For the first 29 years of her life, this elephant was kept alone in France. She then became part of the EAZA EEP and was transferred to one of our member zoos in Spain. This zoo tried to socialize her within a group, but socializing an elephant that has been kept alone for most of her life is a very difficult task. Various attempts at various locations have to date not been successful.

    • Tirgu Mures Zoo is in close communication with the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Forests and other Romanian Authorities involved.

    • The Ministry of Environment and Forests inspected Tirgu Mures Zoo on November 7th, 2012. The report from this inspection states the following:

    o License: The institution holds the environmental license No. 113 of June 15, 2011.

    o The elephant enclosure follows the minimum surfaced provided by the regulatory documents No. 1798/2007.

    o The 2013 budget of the Tirgu-Mures Zoo includes the making of an outdoor pool.

    • The keepers who take care of the elephant followed an intensive training course in the effective care of elephants at Budapest Zoo, Hungary.

    • The keepers use protected contact to interact and take care of the elephant.

    • A renowned elephant expert from the United States, Alan Roocroft, visited Tania in January 2013 at the invitation of EAZA, and is advising on her care and future socialization plans.

    • As Tirgu Mures is a Candidate for Membership, EAZA mentors this zoo in order to help the zoo work towards complying with EAZA standards. The zoo is a Candidate for Membership for five years starting in April 2012 and receives guidance and advice from Artis Zoo in the Netherlands.

    • For many different species, including elephants, EAZA has husbandry guidelines have been developed which are kept up to date on a regular basis and with developing knowledge.

    • Tirgu Mures Zoo is keeping its elephant in an enclosure that complies with the EAZA Husbandry Guidelines and foresees in the elephants needs. The zoo, EAZA’s mentor, the Asian elephant EEP Coordinator and the governmental bodies of Romania are using all its recourses to socialize Tania in Tirgu Mures so that it can be kept in a natural social structure with other elephants.

    • Further to the advice already detailed above, the keepers will follow the Hamburg Elephant Management Course in 2013 to further enhance their knowledge and expertise on keeping and training elephants.

    I hope this answered your concerns and please be assured that we are all working hard to ensure that Tania has a secure and happy future.

    Dr Lesley Dickie

    Executive Director

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  182. February 25, 2013 at 8:15 am, Gwen De Lucchi said:

    Set free!!!

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  183. February 25, 2013 at 8:12 am, Gwen De Lucchi said:

    Set him free!!!!

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  184. February 23, 2013 at 1:32 am, mirror said:

    This is absolutely tragic and awful!
    Get this Elephant to a PROPER ZOO!!!!!
    What the hell is that, a prison!?

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  185. February 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm, Alice said:

    The photo of Tania kneeling was taken on the 25th of January. You can watch the latest video footage of Tania, from the 8th of February, here:

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  186. February 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm, terry west said:

    let her go free or be with other Elephants

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  187. February 22, 2013 at 3:15 am, Ramón said:

    No animales en cautiverio !!! liberen q la elefanta!

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  188. February 21, 2013 at 10:55 am, Mary Livingstone said:

    This is the second elephant that has been given cruel treatment at a Romanian zoo. Perhaps we should start a petition stating that we will not be taking vacations to Romania at any future date until this matter is settled. Also, no elephants will be given to any Romanian zoo at any time in the future.

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  189. February 21, 2013 at 10:43 am, Ruth Parkinson said:

    What a cruel environment for this dear little elephant calf. ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated’ GHANDI

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  190. February 21, 2013 at 7:12 am, judy thorpe said:

    LOOK! She is down on her knees begging to get out of that hell hole! She has already bent the bars..she wants out! Let her out of that horrible confinement. Standing in her own feces pushing a crummy ball around she has no life at all.

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  191. February 21, 2013 at 4:17 am, Christine Smith said:

    I’ve sent another email to Dr Dickie with a photo. (Tania with another elephant at a Zoo in Benidorm taken between 2004 – 2009.

    I also told him about Annie the elephant (60 yrs old) who was rescued from a circus in the UK and made the news big-time. She is now happy and living in Longleat where they’re planning to build a larger enclosure to house other elephants too. John Minon the director of the West Yorkshire Wildlife Park was heavily involved with Annie’s ‘rescue’. He was also a collaborator in rescuing 13 lions from Oradea Zoo, also in Romania. I’ve ‘advised’ Dr Dickie to speak with him. Not sure if he will, but urging him to do so won’t hurt!

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  192. February 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm, JewelNature said:

    This is unethical animal management by this zoo – no animal should be sent to Romania where animal abuse is rampant. This elephant needs to socialise with others of her species. Please email a polite request for her to be sent to a better zoo – preferably one with open plains so she can wander safely with a friendly herd.

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  193. February 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm, Pel Abbott said:

    Beyond cruel

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  194. February 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm, Danielle Charney said:

    How in the hell to you keep it polite when dealing with these lowest life forms of humans who shouldn’t be anywhere near these creatures? Tell me- because I have a hard time with it- I will do it but I am boiling over inside from this and people who do this

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  195. February 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm, char said:

    :( :(:( WHY ?? People that let animals suffer like this need to experience their live!

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  196. February 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm, Vandi said:

    Sent e-mails!!!!! So horrible!

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  197. February 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm, Claude said:

    I just sent 2 emails using the text of the article as my letter.

    Free this poor baby…even if you weren’t told about the swaying, it does appear she’s in distress.

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  198. February 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm, holy holily holian said:

    peace holy, i thought that was a great ape at 1st in photo with elephant kneeling front ways. there are elephant sanctuaries on earth, but are their enough? & whom has the authority to cause one counrty to obey non-cruelty laws? united nations should take action in such, for is their a greater body presently on earth made to keep peace. i know not, seeing the powerlessness of organized religion that goes into every nation on earth, but such as the united nations is the fruit of such religion, though very powerless, though only 70 or so years old. unless an authority comes to help, we need to petition our government to give notice to other governments where problems such as an abusement of a large creature as an elephant not native to that habitat, & its own people petition its government & us petitioning the people of nations where such is happening, for abuse is worldwide, we are just not set up to live as peacefully as one hopes to with all creatures on earth where the enviroment is so harsh, only a small minority of it has mankind found able to live upon. like water is majority of earths surface we are imprisoned from the same as elephants. peace i’m sure will ever remember such cruelties so we are never without hope, its just we need not become apathetic believing it will eventually be delt with properly. good luck elephant in your needs of peace. peace holy

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  199. February 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm, Jo said:

    Enclosing her in concrete is a good thing ? with nothing to do? god help us!!!

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  200. February 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm, Jo said:

    Disgusting. 20 years alone.. I’ve written the 2 letters lets hope they will listen before its too late for the old gal :( ….

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  201. February 20, 2013 at 4:49 am, Genesis Merano said:

    Give Tania her freedom- the same freedom we human beings always yearn for. To the people who are keeping her in this miserable condition, try putting yourself in her place. How does it feel to be locked? Elephants are emotional and intelligent beings who thrive on the company of others. This is not the life that Tania must have.

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  202. February 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm, mary said:

    I am not sure I believe anything Lesley Dickey says, unless these photos are old! show us new pictures!

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  203. February 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm, mary said:

    barbaric!

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  204. February 19, 2013 at 11:04 am, Haley krauss said:

    Wow, I feel so good right now for emailing my pleas to the two executive directors of blah, blah, blahs that i, an American kid, and millons around the world, are very aware of sweet, sad Tania’s plight in that Romania’s zoo and we are aware that they are too. And, we have our hope that they will do the right thing to help this poor elephant NOW! Thank you, IDAUSA for posting the email addresses for us to contact them! Peace! 

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    • February 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm, Mary Livingstone said:

      Please move Tania to a new home.

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  205. February 19, 2013 at 3:41 am, Dawn said:

    I feel sick with grief at what humans inflict on animals. I would love to give the abusers the same treatment so they could understand what suffering is. Im so sad.

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  206. February 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm, Michele D said:

    I contacted Dr Dickey and he responded with a detailed explination of Tania’s situation. Apparently Tania spent the first 29 years of her life caged alone in France. She does not socilize with other elephants. It seems that now they are doing the best they can for her in many ways and much of the information in this blog is not accurate.

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  207. February 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm, NARN News and Updates » Blog Archive » Action Alerts said:

    Elephant Tania Needs Your Help Tell the European Commissioner for the Environment, who is responsible for implementing and enforcing the EU Zoo Directive to investigate Tania’s situation, and work toward raising standards to improve the lives of millions of zoo animals in the European Union. Tania is a 37-year-old elephant suffering a life of solitary confinement at the Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania, transferred from an Italian zoo in September. Although the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria requires that zoos house female elephants in groups, Tania continues to languish without the company of other elephants. This is cruel punishment for female elephants, who are profoundly social.

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  208. February 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm, Christine Smith said:

    I too have received the standard reply to my email to Dr Dickie.

    Here was my response to that;

    Dear Lesley,

    Many thanks for your kind reply in regard to Tania. It is with a lighter heart that I learn Tania is in your thoughts and action is being taken to care for her in the best possible way. I have read with interest your reply and note your comments about her attitude towards other elephants and the possibilty that she would find it hard to integrate.

    I have a story for you.

    My eldest son, Nik, has two dogs – male border collies – who, through no fault of their own, were never properly socialised at an early age. Therefore they have always been quite ‘selective’ about which dogs they like. The more dominent dog, Benji, is happy in his own skin and was quite sociable while his bother Fudgie was/is totally agressive towards other canines – due to fear/nervousness.

    At the beginning of 2012 my youngest son, Arann, wanted a dog of his own. He saw one at a local rescue centre online and asked if I would go and have a look with a view to adopting it when he got back from working abroad. I had set a strict criteria which he had to follow. The dog had to be a young bitch. Adopting another male was a no-no!

    I went along and met the dog Arann liked and she was lovely. The next step was to take Benji and Fudge to meet her. Nik, the dogs and I went along and it was a disaster. Benji was quite happy with the bitch but Fudgie growled and bared his teeth. We were told by the trained supervisors that Fudgie would NEVER allow another dog into his life let alone into his house. We were all very disappointed but I was not convinced.

    A month later I came across a 12 week old bitch that needed a home. She was/is partially blind and deaf. What is known as a ‘Lethal White’. Normally these dogs are put to sleep within days of their birth as they are regarded as being too disabled to have a ‘normal’ life.

    However, there are some people out there that give them a chance…

    I met ‘Jessie’ and within a week I brought her home. I was only slightly nervous of her meeting Fudgie. Their first meeting went well, she moved in and we took it slowly thereafter. Due to Jessie’s deafness she could not hear the warning growls the boys gave her when she over stepped the mark, they could sense there was something not quite right about her but instead of rejecting her they tolerated her behaviour. They learnt to accept her as she learnt to mind her manners. Jessie is now 14months old and the most adorable dog you could wish to meet…and Fudgie? He is her best friend, he allows her to lie with him, take toys, bones and food from him and tug him around to her hearts content. He has totally accepted her into his life and I am sure he cannot remember a time without her.

    We gave Fudgie a chance to prove himself. We gave Jess a chance at a life she would never have had if it was left to the people who believe it is better for them to die than live. We gave them all the chance to sort their lives out together, and they did.

    For them; Benji, Fudgie and Jess have found happiness and fulfillment and love and friendship. We gave them that chance and it paid off.

    Like Fudgie and Jess, Tania may just surprise all the doubting Thomas’. Please be the one to fight to give her that chance to prove herself. A little bit of trust, time, prayer and faith may just work for her too.

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    • February 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm, LINDABADHAM said:

      DR. DICKIE KNOWS SWEET F—K ALL. HOW ON EARTH CAN HE SAY THAY TANIA WOULD NOT ACCEPT BEING WITH OTHER ELEPHANTS ??? HOW DOES ANYBODY KNOW TILL THEY TRY HER WITH HER OWN KIND ?? POOR EXCUSES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE, TALK IS CHEAP AND ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. THE LOVELY LADY WHO TOLD HER STORY OF HER DOGS IS PROOF THAT THE UN-EXPECTED CAN HAPPEN. GIVE TANIA A LIFE SHE DESERVES , LET HER BE WITH HER OWN OR IS IT ALL ABOUT MONEY ???

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  209. February 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm, Doris said:

    sooo sad, set her freeeee!!!!

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  210. February 18, 2013 at 11:20 am, Michaela Kayser said:

    Shame on these people who are responsible for this
    horrifiying “lifestyle”!

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  211. February 18, 2013 at 9:32 am, Mytazzer01 said:

    Done. Wrote: Please investigate Tania, the elephant’s situation, and work toward raising standards to improve the lives of millions of zoo animals in the European Union.
    Tania is a 37-year-old elephant suffering a life of solitary confinement at the Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania, transferred from an Italian zoo in September. Although the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria requires that zoos house female elephants in groups, Tania continues to languish without the company of other elephants. This is cruel punishment for female elephants, who are profoundly social.
    Thank you!

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  212. February 18, 2013 at 8:23 am, Manal said:

    this is evil and barbaric set her free

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  213. February 18, 2013 at 6:42 am, LINDA said:

    HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO AN ANIMAL ? SET HER FREE OR SEND HER TO A PLACE SHE CAN BE TAKEN CARE OF AND LIVE WHATS LEFT OF HER LIFE WITHOUT TORTURE AND PAIN NAS LONELYNESS !!!

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  214. February 18, 2013 at 4:24 am, Birgitta Siponen said:

    Set Tania FREE NOW!!!!!!!!!

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  215. February 18, 2013 at 3:40 am, C Pipkin said:

    Its time all countries got together to enforce an animal’s right to appropriate care and welfare and make legislation to protect them all.

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  216. February 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm, Rosemary Underhay said:

    I have sent letters to the authorities and will write to my MEP

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  217. February 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm, karina said:

    Set this baby free,how dare humans treat animals this way!

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  218. February 17, 2013 at 1:20 pm, pauline burkhart said:

    this is horrid treatment.
    Please do some thing.

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  219. February 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm, Diane said:

    OMG, the people of France should be ashamed of themselves…..To let this go on is criminal…Please do something, this is just so wrong, and against the laws of nature, and god….

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  220. February 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm, Jason said:

    :-( Allow her space, freedom, her friends, her family :-(

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  221. February 17, 2013 at 11:54 am, Marie Antoinette Hernandes said:

    They should at least put plants and other things that elephants enjoy. Maybe a large pool of water. This is a prison and its not meant for elephants…it is very cruel.

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  222. February 17, 2013 at 11:35 am, Shannon Martel said:

    Poor Tania…I send the e-mails to these humans(for lack of a better word).

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  223. February 17, 2013 at 10:30 am, NN said:

    Can’t you see that she is very depressed? What’s wrong with you? She needs other elephants around her as they are very social animals…like us!

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  224. February 17, 2013 at 10:22 am, LINDABADHAM said:

    SOME PEOPLE HAVE NO HEART !! HOW IS THIS CRUEL CONFINEMENT ALLOWED TO BE ?? THIS IS NOT NORMAL FOR AN ELEPHANTS NEEDS. GET HER OUT BEFORE SHE DIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  225. February 17, 2013 at 9:35 am, Allan Yorkowitz said:

    There is no moral reason why this animal has to live this way.

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  226. February 17, 2013 at 9:16 am, Jerry Bailey said:

    Please do the right thing and let this poor animal be with her own kind, She should not be in that cage..animals have feelings just like the rest of us, simply unacceptable!

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  227. February 17, 2013 at 8:08 am, Charo said:

    Tania. I wish someone Can take you out of such misery.

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  228. February 17, 2013 at 7:29 am, Teresa said:

    This is so sad and so very wrong,she needs much more room and company.I hate these places that pretend to care and yet,leave this beautiful animal to suffer.Heartbreaking.

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  229. February 17, 2013 at 7:16 am, Margaret Cromartie said:

    Would you treat a family member like this, if not, then don’t do it to her. We are stewards of this planet Earth, we are to care for the animals and the environment, but it seems all we humans do is destroy everything, including other living beings, who we have enslaved. The cruelest animal is man.

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  230. February 17, 2013 at 5:51 am, dj hixson said:

    please let this poor creature created by God out of this horrible enclosure

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  231. February 17, 2013 at 5:42 am, Lynn said:

    “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” Let’s try to help Tania in Romania and all other animals in these barbaric EU Zoos. The BBC and You Tube have videos on endangered species. Sir David Attenborough (spelling? sorry) has excellent videos. Thanks to everyone who is trying to help.

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  232. February 17, 2013 at 4:12 am, Patricia said:

    Please help her. She does not deserve to be treated so abusive. Will it ever stop of how these idolts treat animals? Please take action to help her and all of the other animas that are been treated so inhumane. These are GOD’S CREATURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would you treat GOD this way? I do not think so. So why would any idolt treat GOD’S CREATURES this way?

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  233. February 17, 2013 at 12:06 am, joy said:

    Who would pay money to this Zoo to see such criminal cruelty?

    Surely no good human being could experience pleasure visiting such a place?

    Reply

  234. February 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm, Judy Salerno said:

    Please please let her go. 20 years of her life, she is innocent of any wrong doing. We would let someone who did a crime, go after 20 years. Everything about her residence and care is wrong for her. The climate, the lonliness, the right kind of food. Her feet and legs are in so much pain and her mind! Oh God, let there be an Angel of merci for her life. What will it take to help her? What more can we do, we will do it, people do care about her! Please let her go.

    Reply

  235. February 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm, Nancy Black (@themotheriam) said:

    , It’s unbelievable how cruel humanity is. We show little empathy for animals. Can you imagine the horror of being isolated all of your life and kept in filthy conditions with infected feet? I hope our letters and our petitions will help free her, and I also hope those who allow this to happen to her understand her pain someday.

    Reply

  236. February 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm, B Smith said:

    Sent letters to both of them.

    Reply

  237. February 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm, Kelly Warner said:

    Let this beautiful girl go to a sanctuary and learn how to be an elephant again. Humans have exploited her her entire life – don’t just look the other way! Please!

    Reply

  238. February 16, 2013 at 10:25 am, Jan Vertefeuille said:

    Done and done. Wrote to both of them!

    Reply

  239. February 16, 2013 at 8:26 am, Cindy Abernathy said:

    I received a reply and want to post it here:

    Dear Cindy

    Thank you for getting in touch and I appreciate and share your concern for Tania. I have outlined below the current situation with Tania. I am afraid that some of the information you have been given about Tania is incorrect at this time. Please be assured EAZA is working hard to improve the life of Tania after the damage caused in her pre-EAZA life – she was held in a non-EAZA private facility for many years and this has caused her, through no fault of her own, to be unsociable with other elephants. I also will point you to our website and I hope you will read there some further information about EAZA and the work we undertake (www.eaza.net). Please also note that EAZA sent the information below to Commissioner Potochnik some weeks ago and we are keeping him up to date.

    • On September 14th 2012, Tania was transferred to Tirgu-Mures Zoo in Romania.

    • This transfer was approved by the EAZA European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) Coordinator as Tirgu Mures had a brand new exhibit that we hope in time will better allow the process of socialization for Tania.

    • Tirgu-Mures Zoo has been an EAZA Candidate for Membership since April 2012, meaning they receive guidance and advice from a full EAZA Member institution in the form of a mentor, an experienced zoo and professional working for this institution. Please see here for further information about our animal welfare/substandard zoo programme, Candidate for Membership

    • Tirgu Mures recently built a new elephant enclosure in compliance with EAZA’s Elephant Husbandry Guidelines and throughout the building process has remained in close communication with the EEP Coordinator and their mentor.

    • The zoo’s veterinary staff are in permanent contact with the Head of the veterinary department of Budapest Zoo. Hungary, and a member of the Elephant Specialist Group of EAZA.

    • Tirgu Mures has developed an enrichment program for the elephant which stimulates natural behavior.

    • The inside enclosure is 640 m2 and the outside enclosure is 10.000 m2.

    • The history of Tania which is kept in Tirgu Mures is rather a sad one which I will explain briefly. For the first 29 years of her life, this elephant was kept alone in France. She then became part of the EAZA EEP and was transferred to one of our member zoos in Spain. This zoo tried to socialize her within a group, but socializing an elephant that has been kept alone for most of her life is a very difficult task. Various attempts at various locations have to date not been successful.

    • Tirgu Mures Zoo is in close communication with the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Forests and other Romanian Authorities involved.

    • The Ministry of Environment and Forests inspected Tirgu Mures Zoo on November 7th, 2012. The report from this inspection states the following:

    o License: The institution holds the environmental license No. 113 of June 15, 2011.

    o The elephant enclosure follows the minimum surfaced provided by the regulatory documents No. 1798/2007.

    o The 2013 budget of the Tirgu-Mures Zoo includes the making of an outdoor pool.

    • The keepers who take care of the elephant followed an intensive training course in the effective care of elephants at Budapest Zoo, Hungary.

    • The keepers use protected contact to interact and take care of the elephant.

    • A renowned elephant expert from the United States, Alan Roocroft, visited Tania in January 2013 at the invitation of EAZA, and is advising on her care and future socialization plans.

    • As Tirgu Mures is a Candidate for Membership, EAZA mentors this zoo in order to help the zoo work towards complying with EAZA standards. The zoo is a Candidate for Membership for five years starting in April 2012 and receives guidance and advice from Artis Zoo in the Netherlands.

    • For many different species, including elephants, EAZA has husbandry guidelines have been developed which are kept up to date on a regular basis and with developing knowledge.

    • Tirgu Mures Zoo is keeping its elephant in an enclosure that complies with the EAZA Husbandry Guidelines and foresees in the elephants needs. The zoo, EAZA’s mentor, the Asian elephant EEP Coordinator and the governmental bodies of Romania are using all its recourses to socialize Tania in Tirgu Mures so that it can be kept in a natural social structure with other elephants.

    • Further to the advice already detailed above, the keepers will follow the Hamburg Elephant Management Course in 2013 to further enhance their knowledge and expertise on keeping and training elephants.

    I hope this answered your concerns and please be assured that we are all working hard to ensure that Tania has a secure and happy future.

    Dr Lesley Dickie

    Executive Director

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  240. February 16, 2013 at 6:18 am, Christine said:

    Please have a soul and let this elephant live the way she was meant to live and not alone on concrete floors.

    Reply

  241. February 16, 2013 at 6:11 am, lisa mcevoy said:

    Done,join the petition people.

    Reply

  242. February 16, 2013 at 5:55 am, Judy Maxwell said:

    Please look into the deplorable condition this poor elephant has lived in alone for 20 years. Please we need your help to change this situation. Thank you for your attention in this grave matter.

    Reply

  243. February 16, 2013 at 5:51 am, lisa mcevoy said:

    At Elephant Nature Park in Thailand they put elephants that have been alone for years straight in with the herd as soon as they there,the herd heals the lone elephant and some of them choose it to be in their group,its amazing how they accept them so as below it shouldnt be such a problem to introduce her to others

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  244. February 16, 2013 at 5:00 am, Marianne de Zwart said:

    What is the purpose to keep an animal in a zoo?
    This situation of elephant Tania is not representative how elephants live in nature and behave naturally. This is a sad example of keeping an animal in jail, which it does not deserve.
    They can better take a dead elephant put up like a statue to show how big elephants are. In this way there is no suffering for the animal.
    Tanja is kept apart from other elephants, so reproduction is not the issue to keep Tania in the zoo. Why then let Tania suffer with so much indignity?
    This situation of Tania reflects the valuation of life and living creatures in Romenia, which is condemnable.
    If people in Romenia would have worthiness, they would free Tania immediatly and let her go to a wildpark with other elephants to enjoy life as she is meant to be.

    Reply

  245. February 16, 2013 at 4:51 am, Sarah Skinner said:

    This is so upsetting, even if the right authorities have been to see her, they should still get her out of there, she needs wide open spaces, grass, a view, friends, a life, she cannot stay there for another 50 years, this is so sad. :( and just not right. We dont have the right to do this to any animal. GET HER OUT OF THERE. She has already gone mad, you can see that, she is derranged and depressed, no elephant rocks backwards and forwards like that in the wild. If you have any heart, just get her out of there and find a solution PLEASE.

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  246. February 16, 2013 at 4:43 am, Sarah Skinner said:

    How cruel that she was left in solitary confinement all that time and was never reported by anyone. Yes i can imagine now it is very difficult to intergrate her, the damage has already been done. How terribly sad. Has her situation improved a little bit? Regards

    Reply

  247. February 16, 2013 at 4:39 am, Lee Martinez said:

    Send Tania to an elephant sanctuary. This poor girl looks in really bad shape. After all the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi

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  248. February 16, 2013 at 4:36 am, Sarah Skinner said:

    Have sent emails, god i hope this helps Tania, i am so upset. :(

    Reply

    • February 16, 2013 at 4:39 am, don damzelle said:

      YES IVE ALSO SENT 2 EMAILS for the protection of Tania!, an elephant should not be so neglected and in solitary confinement!
      the whole thing is very upsetting

      Reply

  249. February 16, 2013 at 4:23 am, Lucille said:

    Set her free

    Reply

  250. February 16, 2013 at 4:18 am, Sarah Skinner said:

    This is so upsetting, set her free you shits. God this is so sad. :(

    Reply

  251. February 16, 2013 at 3:38 am, Jeanette Despard said:

    emailed yet again! I have demaned a reply. How can we accept such situations… we must help & she must be rehabilitated in a more suitable environment!!!!!

    Reply

  252. February 16, 2013 at 3:35 am, Lee White said:

    Get her out of that hell hole…………………….

    Reply

  253. February 16, 2013 at 3:20 am, Lucy said:

    Emailed both contacts. Poor Tania :’(

    Reply

  254. February 16, 2013 at 2:57 am, Christine Smith said:

    I have sent emails to both of the above and hope to help Tania find peace and family in a sanctuary, where she will be loved and cared for in her old age.

    Reply

  255. February 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm, Laurie Carter said:

    Please set her free. Don’t let her be alone anymore. How would you like to be forced alone for the rest of your life. Please do the right thing and set her free or put her with other elephants.

    Reply

  256. February 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm, don damzelle said:

    im looking for an action button to protest about this, is there one!?

    Reply

  257. February 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm, Tracey Redmond said:

    I fucking despair of humans.

    Reply

  258. February 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm, Lina said:

    Anyone that has written a good and a polite letter? i sure as hell can’t do it myself…. don’t know where to start or end at the same time as i’m being polite.

    Reply

  259. February 15, 2013 at 10:29 am, Lavon said:

    Completely degrading to the human species to deprive this poor elephant of what god created for her, a natural environment to roam. I f ahe is going to be in captivity she should have the natural land to ravish in NOT this poor excuse for an environment!!!!! How degrading to the human race can you get!!!!

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  260. February 15, 2013 at 10:28 am, tabithatyann said:

    I received a lengthy reply from Dr. Dickie stating the following:
    The history of Tania which is kept in Tirgu Mures is rather a sad one which I will explain briefly. For the first 29 years of her life, this elephant was kept alone in France. She then became part of the EAZA EEP and was transferred to one of our member zoos in Spain. This zoo tried to socialize her within a group, but socializing an elephant that has been kept alone for most of her life is a very difficult task. Various attempts at various locations have to date not been successful.
    • A renowned elephant expert from the United States, Alan Roocroft, visited Tania in January 2013 at the invitation of EAZA, and is advising on her care and future socialization plans.

    Reply

  261. February 15, 2013 at 9:50 am, Sarah said:

    I got a response from Lesley Dickie @ EAZA. She outlined Tania’s progress. Her history is sad, but it sounds like they are making good effort to socialize her, which is a difficult task for an elephant who spent 29 years in isolation. Here is what she outlined:

    • On September 14th 2012, Tania was transferred to Tirgu-Mures Zoo in Romania.

    • This transfer was approved by the EAZA European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) Coordinator as Tirgu Mures had a brand new exhibit that we hope in time will better allow the process of socialization for Tania.

    • Tirgu-Mures Zoo has been an EAZA Candidate for Membership since April 2012, meaning they receive guidance and advice from a full EAZA Member institution in the form of a mentor, an experienced zoo and professional working for this institution. Please see here for further information about our animal welfare/substandard zoo programme, Candidate for Membership

    • Tirgu Mures recently built a new elephant enclosure in compliance with EAZA’s Elephant Husbandry Guidelines and throughout the building process has remained in close communication with the EEP Coordinator and their mentor.

    • The zoo’s veterinary staff are in permanent contact with the Head of the veterinary department of Budapest Zoo. Hungary, and a member of the Elephant Specialist Group of EAZA.

    • Tirgu Mures has developed an enrichment program for the elephant which stimulates natural behavior.

    • The inside enclosure is 640 m2 and the outside enclosure is 10.000 m2.

    • The history of Tania which is kept in Tirgu Mures is rather a sad one which I will explain briefly. For the first 29 years of her life, this elephant was kept alone in France. She then became part of the EAZA EEP and was transferred to one of our member zoos in Spain. This zoo tried to socialize her within a group, but socializing an elephant that has been kept alone for most of her life is a very difficult task. Various attempts at various locations have to date not been successful.

    • Tirgu Mures Zoo is in close communication with the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Forests and other Romanian Authorities involved.

    • The Ministry of Environment and Forests inspected Tirgu Mures Zoo on November 7th, 2012. The report from this inspection states the following:

    o License: The institution holds the environmental license No. 113 of June 15, 2011.

    o The elephant enclosure follows the minimum surfaced provided by the regulatory documents No. 1798/2007.

    o The 2013 budget of the Tirgu-Mures Zoo includes the making of an outdoor pool.

    • The keepers who take care of the elephant followed an intensive training course in the effective care of elephants at Budapest Zoo, Hungary.

    • The keepers use protected contact to interact and take care of the elephant.

    • A renowned elephant expert from the United States, Alan Roocroft, visited Tania in January 2013 at the invitation of EAZA, and is advising on her care and future socialization plans.

    • As Tirgu Mures is a Candidate for Membership, EAZA mentors this zoo in order to help the zoo work towards complying with EAZA standards. The zoo is a Candidate for Membership for five years starting in April 2012 and receives guidance and advice from Artis Zoo in the Netherlands.

    • For many different species, including elephants, EAZA has husbandry guidelines have been developed which are kept up to date on a regular basis and with developing knowledge.

    • Tirgu Mures Zoo is keeping its elephant in an enclosure that complies with the EAZA Husbandry Guidelines and foresees in the elephants needs. The zoo, EAZA’s mentor, the Asian elephant EEP Coordinator and the governmental bodies of Romania are using all its recourses to socialize Tania in Tirgu Mures so that it can be kept in a natural social structure with other elephants.

    • Further to the advice already detailed above, the keepers will follow the Hamburg Elephant Management Course in 2013 to further enhance their knowledge and expertise on keeping and training elephants.

    I hope this answered your concerns and please be assured that we are all working hard to ensure that Tania has a secure and happy future.

    Dr Lesley Dickie
    Executive Director

    Reply

  262. February 15, 2013 at 8:26 am, Sharon Wieczorek said:

    This is so sad, please let her free to be with her own. She needs others to be with. Why are you torturing her. This is inhumane. She even looks so thin. Concrete is not good for any animal to stand on. Please Please let her free

    Reply

  263. February 15, 2013 at 7:52 am, Ellen Menter said:

    Please think with your hearts and give this animal a loving home with other elephants.. this makes me cry…. PLEASE
    Ellie

    Reply

  264. February 15, 2013 at 7:42 am, Christine Herdon said:

    I’d like to leave the ‘people in charge’ in an isolated area and see how THEY like it….

    Reply

  265. February 15, 2013 at 7:19 am, Mary Livingstone said:

    I have written four time today about the poor elephant. Why has this not been posted.

    Reply

  266. February 15, 2013 at 7:12 am, Mary Livingstone said:

    Please tell the Romanian zoo owners that this is not the way to treat animals. Elephants cannot survive in a cage, which is what it is. No company and extremely lonely. This is not the first time I have read about the way elephants are treated in Romanian zoos. Cruel and barbaric. .

    .

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  267. February 15, 2013 at 6:49 am, Mary Livingstone said:

    This is not the first elephant at a Romanian Zoo that has been abused, Elephants must be with other elephants. This is barbaric. They have no idea the suffering of the elephants and something should be done about this animal cruelty. Please help/

    Reply

  268. February 15, 2013 at 6:17 am, J Liz Madra Rua said:

    Human scum

    Reply

  269. February 15, 2013 at 5:04 am, laura said:

    Sent an email. Hope for the best for poor Tania..xx

    Reply

  270. February 15, 2013 at 4:52 am, P W said:

    Get her out of this solitary area !! Can’t you see she is not right ??
    She needs to be with other animals & socialize !! Her health is at risk !!

    Reply

  271. February 15, 2013 at 3:14 am, Jane Heltebrake said:

    Send her to an Accredited Sanctuary!!! Elephants are social animals. Living on a concrete floor; in her own feces and waste,, is unacceptable!!!! She needs grass, straw, warmth; othere elephants. How would you like to live like that!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  272. February 15, 2013 at 3:10 am, petra said:

    A life full of misery. Please send emails to these addresses even if you don’t know how to make an ”excellent” email, give it a try. I’m not a native english speaker but did send emails saying how i feel when i read the story of Tania and explaining who Tania is like the article says. I even copy pasted some parts and then gave them the article to read if they want.
    I just added my emotions and copy pasted everything else. This isn’t about making an essay it’s about saving a beautiful creature. please try and send.

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  273. February 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm, Katie Davis said:

    Just sent request for help to both individuals! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. As I look at the comments below, there are several writing that seem angry and hostile. Yes, this is infuriating but please do not assume that the people you are writing are responsible for this situation and write respectful letters asking for their help. Sugar goes a lot further then vinegar in soliciting help. .

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  274. February 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm, Liz Bird said:

    Dear Mr Janez Potocnik,

    I am writing you in regards to the barbaric treatment of the elephant, Tania, currently being held in solitary confinement, in severely austere surroundings at the Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania. Is this a licensed, certified zoo, or an unlicensed, road-side establishment with no government oversight, caretaking, or veterinary availability? It seems like it may be the latter, because no accredited zoo would allow this atrocious treatment of a living, highly- sentient being to continue. Hopefully, you will use your influence as Commissioner for the Environment of the European Commission to initiate an action to transfer Tania to an appropriate sanctuary, where she will be able to live in health and dignity according to the needs of her species. The distress of this elephant has profoundly disturbed me and others who respect all animal life, and the information is being widely shared on the social media. I am entrusting my hopes to you, Mr. Potocnik, that an immediate and viable action will be taken for the good of this beautiful and deserving animal.

    Very sincerely yours,
    Elizabeth Bird
    State of California
    US

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  275. February 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm, Jennifer said:

    Done, and done!! Thanks for sharing…

    Reply

  276. February 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm, Elvine said:

    Wrote the letters and I ask that everyone who wants to help, also takes the time and writes the e-mails to the authorities. This is beyond sad. It is inhumane and cruel. It is unacceptable.

    Reply

  277. February 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm, Anita Jarrell said:

    Please let her go. can’t you see that she is dying in captivity or please just put her with other elephants so she can communicate. put her in an open field with grass under her feet so she can feel the sun on her skin. I know she longs to smell the earth and feel the wind against her skin. PLEASE have a heart and show mercy.she belongs in her own environment, let her know what nature is like before she dies.

    Reply

  278. February 14, 2013 at 6:48 pm, Ro Joyal said:

    Oh my gosh that’s horrible ! She’s so unhealthy, so skinny, so sick-looking….this is true cruelty to animals here ! God did NOT put His animals on this earth for us to abuse them !!!! Somebody please save this poor beautiful elephant ! Please !

    Reply

  279. February 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm, Daisy said:

    So sorry this type of thing goes on. Elephants are intelligent and social how could anyone see this and not do someting!

    Reply

  280. February 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm, Gwenie said:

    It appears to be impossible to contact this Zoo…just wrote a note and the questions about my server etc. made not sense to me. Sorry to PhD in computer science here!

    Reply

  281. February 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm, Carla Pickett said:

    A lot more people will sign a petition than write an individual email. Petitions work.

    Reply

  282. February 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm, Debra said:

    Absolutely heartbreaking…will write….please let her go to an environment that will heal her and socialize her to being with other elephants. This is unacceptable and what’s the point to this?? You know I’m very very angry that any living thing would have endure this. Absolutely shameful.

    Reply

  283. February 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm, Irene bradle said:

    Let her be with other elephants so she can have some much needed bonding time.

    Reply

  284. February 14, 2013 at 5:53 pm, Iris Lambka said:

    look at what they have done to this poor Tania Do they not see it if they have eyes

    Reply

  285. February 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm, Lyn Schne said:

    Please let this elephant has a small measure of peace. Why can’t we all realize how we treat the vulnerable speaks volumns about us. Be kind. Please.

    Reply

  286. February 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm, Carrie White said:

    This is barbaric, and a bad reflection on Romania…

    Reply

  287. February 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm, susquehannarambler2 said:

    This is barbaric. What are these people thinking?

    Reply

  288. February 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm, Sharon gilbert said:

    Please stop this treatment NOW!

    Reply

  289. February 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm, anna cimini said:

    done. i hope these people listen. awful.

    Reply

  290. February 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm, Eddie Wood said:

    I’ve just sent emails asking for Tania’s release.
    It’s very sad to see her forced to a life of confinement with such deplorable living conditions.
    These people have no right to keep her in a cell…

    Heartbreaking.

    Reply

  291. February 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm, Sarah said:

    To all that have left comments, please take a minute to email the contacts listed above! We need to be a voice for animals who suffer such abuse!

    Reply

  292. February 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm, Sarah said:

    I just sent emails to both contacts listed. Thank you for sharing this story. I hope that something is done to free her.

    Reply

  293. February 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm, Kathryn Keegan said:

    Get this beautiful female Elephant out of here

    Reply

  294. February 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm, Joanne Hall said:

    Stop hurting her! Let her find a little comfort and love before she dies ;’(

    Reply

  295. February 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm, Nat said:

    Please post an example of what to write. Thanks

    Reply

  296. February 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm, Sarah said:

    This is extremely upsetting and unacceptable!

    Reply

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