January 28th, 2011 by Nicole Meyer
Unfortunately, city leaders abstained from voting to remove elephants Susi and Yoyo from the Barcelona Zoo in Spain, with Mayor Jordi Hereu stating that scientists and not politicians would decide the elephants’ future.
According to the publication El País, the day before City Hall was scheduled to meet and decide whether to send Susi to another facility and ban the zoo from acquiring more elephants, the zoo held a press conference at which it presented plans for an exhibit expansion. Despite the health problems Susi has been suffering, the zoo claimed she is in good physical and psychological shape.
Despite this setback, elephant advocates in Barcelona are continuing to fight for Susi and Yoyo, and to educate lawmakers and the public about their plight. They are hopeful that elections in May, which will bring a change in zoo leadership, will create an opportunity to finally relieve the elephants’ suffering. Even with an exhibit expansion, the zoo cannot provide the space elephants need to live longer and healthier lives at the Barcelona Zoo.