June 10th, 2010 by Nicole Meyer
“…When I see an elephant in a zoo, swaying back and force in a tiny space, I don’t learn anything other than this is no way to treat Earth’s largest land mammals. This is not education. This is not conservation. These animals are happiest and healthiest when they are in the wild. Please support IDA’s International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos by participating in an event near you.” – Actor Steve Guttenberg
On June 19th, elephant advocates around the world – from the U.S. to the U.K., Canada, and South Africa – will participate in the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ), with demonstrations and educational outreach events. Together we will send a loud and clear message that elephants just don’t belong in zoos.
Joining us in our call to end the suffering of elephants in zoos are our IDAEZ 2010 celebrity supporters, including Lily Tomlin, Steve Guttenberg, Jorja Fox, Kathy Joosten, Elaine Hendrix and Dick Donner (producer of the film Free Willy).
IDA is extremely grateful for their support and the attention it brings to this very serious issue. As you may know, Lily Tomlin (currently seen on Damages) has often spoken publicly about elephants. She testified before the Los Angeles City Council against a wasteful $42 million elephant renovation at the L.A. Zoo, and has spoken out for the elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and the Bronx Zoo in New York. A self-avowed “animal freak,” Jorja Fox (CSI, ER, West Wing) is another celebrity who is very active for animals and recently took part in a lion rescue. Elaine Hendrix (Parent Trap) is passionately committed to animal causes; she serves as a member of IDA’s Board of Directors. We hope you’ll take time to read the personal and very heartfelt statements about elephants in zoos written by some of these celebrities.
You can help make this event a mammoth success for the elephants by participating in an IDAEZ event near you. If you don’t live near a zoo with elephants, you can still participate. Stay tuned to this blog next week for details on a very special way you can take part in IDAEZ, no matter where you live. (Shhh! It’s a secret.)