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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS IN ZOOS: JOIN IDA’s VIRTUAL DEMONSTRATION ON SATURDAY!

June 9th, 2011 by Nicole Meyer

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Please replace your profile pictures with the Virtual Demo "Sign"

Please replace your profile pictures with the Virtual Demo "Sign"

Saturday, June 11, is the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos, when activists around the world will be sending a message that elephants just don’t belong in cramped, unnatural displays that shorten their lives by decades.

This year, everyone can help the elephants, no matter where you live, by participating in a virtual demonstration on Facebook and Twitter. It’s easy to do and a great way to spread the word that it’s time to stop the elephants’ suffering.

Here’s how it works:

Facebook Instructions – Speak up for Elephants in 3 easy steps!

1. Make sure you have your protest “sign“. All you have to do is right click on the “Elephants Suffer” image and choose “Save” to get this “sign”. Replace your profile photo to your “sign” and keep it up all weekend!

2. Go through the zoo list and “Like” the promotional pages for these zoos. This will allow you to post comments on their pages:

United States

  • Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque, NM
  • Audubon Zoo, Audubon, LA
  • Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham, AL
  • BREC’s Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY
  • Buffalo Zoological Gardens, Buffalo, NY
  • Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, FL
  • Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA
  • Caldwell Zoo, Tyler, TX
  • Cameron Park Zoo, Waco, TX
  • Chaffee Zoological Gardens, Fresno, CA
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland Metro Park Zoo, Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus Zoo, Columbus, OH
  • Dallas Zoo, Dallas, TX
  • Denver Zoo, Denver, CO
  • Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield, MO
  • Disney Animal Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • El Paso Zoo, El Paso, TX
  • Fort Worth Zoo, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Greenville Zoo, Greenville, SC
  • Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu, HI
  • Houston Zoological Gardens, Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, IN
  • Jacksonville Zoological Gardens, Jacksonville, FL
  • Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City, MO
  • Knoxville Zoo, Knoxville, TN
  • Lee Richardson Zoo, Garden City, KS
  • Little Rock Zoo, Little Rock, AK
  • Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA
  • Louisville Zoological Gardens, Louisville, KY
  • Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, FL
  • Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, MD
  • Memphis Zoo, Memphis, TN
  • Miami Metro Zoo, Miami, FL
  • Milwaukee Zoological Garden, Milwaukee, WI
  • Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery, AL
  • Nashville Zoo, Nashville, TN
  • Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, IL
  • North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC
  • Oakland Zoo, Oakland, CA
  • Oklahoma City Zoo, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR
  • Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, AZ
  • Pittsburgh Zoo, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, WA
  • Reid Park Zoo, Tuscon, AZ
  • Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence RI
  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY
  • St. Louis Zoological Park, St. Louis, MO
  • San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, TX
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, CA
  • San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
  • Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, KS
  • Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, NY
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA
  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, DC
  • Toledo Zoo, Toledo, OH
  • Topeka Zoological Park, Topeka, KS
  • Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum, Tulsa, OK
  • Virginia Zoo, Norfolk, VA
  • Wildlife Safari, Winston, OR
  • Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA
  • Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Canada

  • Bowmanville Zoo (Ontario)
  • Calgary Zoo (Alberta)
  • Granby Zoo (Quebec)
  • Toronto Zoo (Ontario)

3. Starting on Saturday June 11th, start posting your comments! Remember that your comments will be seen by followers of all ages and comments that include profanity or can be interpreted as “abusive” will probably be removed before the general public gets a chance to read them and may result in your profile being reported and/or deleted by Facebook. IDA is not responsible for any comments you may leave or action that results.

Twitter Instructions:

1. Make sure you have your protest “sign“. All you have to do is right click on the “Elephants Suffer” image and choose “Save” to get this “sign”. Replace your profile photo to your “sign” and keep it up all weekend!

2. Go through the zoo list above and “Follow” these pages. This will allow you to send them direct messages and Tweets using the @. here’s an example of how this works – you Tweet : @ZooAtl Elephants need more space than urban zoos can provide. It’s cruel to keep elephants in zoos!

And that Tweet goes directly to the Zoo Atlanta Twitter page.

3. Encourage your friends to join your Twitter Demo! Tweet to them to also change their profile image to their “sign”. Here is an example of a Tweet you can use to encourage them to Tweet the zoos you are Tweeting: FF! Follow these zoos ( Then list a bunch of Twitter pages for zoos with elephants and put a @ before their address. Example : @ZooAtl ) & Tweet about what you think of zoos!

4. Starting on Saturday June 19th, start sending direct messages and Tweeting to the zoos you are following using the Reply function. Here is are some examples of a great Twitter Demo Tweet: @ZooAtl is no fun for the Elephants who live there. OR Elephants belong in the wild not @ZooAtl

5, You can run your Twitter Demo all day – Rain or Shine! But remember messages and Tweets that include profanity or can be interpreted as “abusive” may result in your profile being reported and/or deleted by Twitter. IDA is not reasonable for any messages or Tweets sent or action that results.

Here are some quick messages you can send (but feel free to create your own):

Elephants are suffering and dying prematurely in zoos.

Elephants should not suffer for our entertainment!

Elephant captivity does not equal conservation.

Elephants need more space than urban zoos can provide.

It’s cruel to keep elephants in zoos.

The largest zoo exhibit is still not big enough to meet elephants’ complex needs.

Inadequate conditions for elephants cause them to suffer painful foot disease and arthritis, infertility, and high infant mortality and stillbirth rates, and aberrant behaviors.

Repetitive rocking, swaying and head bobbing are signs of psychological distress; elephants don’t do this in the wild!

The life of an elephant in a zoo = misery, disease and early death.

Think about it: Elephants have a natural life span of 60-70 years, yet they are dying decades before their time in zoos. You call that conservation?

Time to ban the bullhook in zoos! Stop cruel, circus-style training!

Think about it: North American zoos will spend about half a billion dollars on remodeling exhibits that still will be too small for elephants. That money could protect entire populations of elephants in Africa and Asia!

Think about it: Zoos spend more than $25million a year to display fewer than 300 elephants. That money could protect entire populations of elephants in Africa and Asia!

The world’s leading elephant experts say elephants don’t belong in urban zoos. Why aren’t zoos listening?

Think about it: Scientific research shows that elephants in zoos have far shorter life expectancies than those in the wild.

Keeping elephants in zoos will not save them in the wild.

Elephants don’t belong in cold weather zoos!

To find out how you can help elephants year round – CLICK HERE to Join IDA’s Elephant Task Force!

13 Responses to “INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS IN ZOOS: JOIN IDA’s VIRTUAL DEMONSTRATION ON SATURDAY!”

  1. April 15, 2013 at 2:51 am, Lorelei Tinnes said:

    Thanks Eric, Thanks for those templates.

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  2. June 12, 2011 at 10:11 am, Preeti Nagarmath said:

    Its time w evolve and let these magnificient peace loving creatures live in peace! Stop abuse of this animal please!Zoo/circus/streets arent the place for them FFS!

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  3. June 12, 2011 at 1:41 am, Liza Komjaty said:

    I hope this day will inspire people to change their view on entertainment very soon

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  4. June 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm, Stephanie DesRoberts said:

    I am so surprised that elephants have been, and continue to be mistreated by being forced to perform for entertainment purposes, by being abused in circuses, zoos, etc, and by being killed. Elephants are amazing! They are kind, gentle, they love their families, they have emotions, they mourn similar to the way that we do, as humans, and they deserve to be RESPECTED and PROTECTED. I pray that God will protect elephants and I also pray that we will all take responsibility to do everything we can do to stop the mistreatment of elephants so that they can live pain free, without suffering, and enjoy the peaceful and happy life that they all deserve in their natural environment.

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  5. June 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm, Stephanie DesRoberts said:

    I am so surprised that elephants have been, and continue to be mistreated by being forced to perform for entertainment purposes, by being abused in circuses, zoos, etc, and by being killed. Elephants are amazing! They are kind, gentle, they love their families, they have emotions, they mourn similar to the way that we do, as humans, and they deserve to be RESPECTED and PROTECTED. I pray that God will protect elephants and I also pray that we will all take responsibility to do everything we can do to stop the mistreatment of elephants so that they can live pain free, without suffering, and enjoy the peaceful and happy life that they all deserve in their natural environment.

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  6. June 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm, iris lambka said:

    Time to stop the suffering against these beautiful creatures of GOD They have been suffering way to long in circuses, zoos and other place Time to set them FREE

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  7. June 11, 2011 at 9:50 am, georgette medina said:

    DEAR LORD, WE PRAY WITH LINDA THAT YOU PROTECT YOUR CREATION, YOUR WONDERFUL ELEPHANTS AND THAT ALL THE CRIMINALS WHO MISTREAT AND KILL THESE AMAZING AND GENTLE CREATURES BE SHAKENED AND FRIGHTENED BY YOU DEAR LORD. PLEASE DO JUSTICE DEAR LORD!! AMEN!

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    • June 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm, Marina said:

      Amen Georgette! But let’s include in your prayer all the wonderful species God created which should be protected from any criminal act against them. Too many have disappeared for good, and many will soon if we don’t put an end to the senseless killing.

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  8. June 11, 2011 at 9:33 am, lucia fabbri said:

    state voi dentro le gabbie

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  9. June 11, 2011 at 8:53 am, j. "shaaa" stodder said:

    elephants are one of our nearest matches 4 high intelligence & deep human-like expression of feeling. why the hell can’t we protect these noble beings, the largest of earth’s land mammamals? shame on us all if we don’t!

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  10. June 11, 2011 at 7:51 am, Monique Hanson said:

    Elephants are wasting away in zoos, without family and in spaces way to small that their natural instincts require. Get them out!

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  11. June 09, 2011 at 9:36 pm, Katrin Lenniger said:

    Stop the suffering.

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  12. June 09, 2011 at 1:46 pm, Nan said:

    Once upon a time long ago it seems, I went to see the elephants as a child at the very zoo that I will be protesting at this Saturday. It is personal with me as I am fully aware of the deaths and suffering caused to elephants by the current, lying, greedy zoo director. I have not forgot the horrid death Gita had there. I only wish we could get the truth out to the ignorant public via the media.educate the children as to the real facts about zoos and especially elephants and their daily suffering. This director has gotten away with murder, literally and has now ripped off the L.A. taxpayers for over 30 million dollars in getting the permits to build a huge breeding facility for Asian elephants. There is pretty boy mayor who’s pockets are lined to stay quiet which as a good little boy, he does so well. Help is needed everywhere to stop people from attending zoos and gawking at these poor, innocent elephants weho are unhealthy and suffering so much.We need to fight to get Billy, Jewell and Queenie to sanctuary as soon as possible. No breeding for this jerk who cares nothing about the welfare of elephants.

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