June 22nd, 2010 by Nicole Meyer
This year’s International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ) was a huge success, featuring events in 34 cities in 7 countries and our first-ever virtual protest that used social networking technology to circulate nearly 10,000 messages about how elephants suffer and die prematurely in zoos.On Saturday, dedicated activists organized and attended demonstrations that reached thousands of people in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Croatia, France, South Africa and Spain. Elephant advocates held colorful banners and posters and educated the public by handing out more than 30,000 informative flyers, opening people’s eyes to the lifetime of misery elephants endure in inadequate zoo displays. Reports on demos are still coming in, and we’re seeing record numbers of people attending this year’s events. (Stay tuned to this blog and our IDAEZ information page for event reports and photos.)
IDAEZ’s first virtual protest, also held on Saturday, was an outstanding success. This special cyber-demo allowed everyone to participate in IDAEZ by Tweeting zoos and posting informative messages on zoos’ Facebook pages describing how Earth’s largest land mammals physically and psychologically suffer in small, unnatural exhibits. Participants replaced their Facebook images with eye-catching IDAEZ protest “signs,” drawing even more attention to their messages. Rather than allow their members to read the truth, Brookfield Zoo (Chicago), Toledo Zoo and the Bronx Zoo shut down their Facebook pages for comments for four hours and blocked new fans from joining.
IDA thanks all the committed and compassionate advocates who participated in IDAEZ in person and on-line. You helped educate people worldwide about the terrible plight of elephants in zoos and brought us a step closer to ending their suffering.
We also thank our IDAEZ celebrity supporters for their words of encouragement and belief in this very special event: Lily Tomlin, Steve Guttenberg, Jorja Fox, Elaine Hendrix, Dick Donner and Kathy Joosten.
The success of IDAEZ proves what we’ve been saying all along: United we can end the elephants’ suffering!
Please visit www.HelpElephants.com for more information on our campaigns for elephants in zoos and circuses.