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Urge USDA to Confiscate Elephant Lucky

May 10th, 2013 by Nicole Meyer


The AZA Grants the San Antonio Zoo’s Request to Keep Lucky in Isolation

In a shocking move, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) reportedly approved a request by the San Antonio Zoo to keep a 53-year-old female Asian elephant named Lucky in isolation. Lucky is now the only solitary female elephant in an AZA-accredited zoo in the U.S. The zoo’s director told the media that Lucky will remain at the zoo until she dies. The zoo’s other elephant, Queenie, died in March.

No elephant should ever be held in solitary confinement. Female elephants are profoundly social. In the wild, elephants live in matriarchal, multi-generational herds that include sisters, aunts, nieces, and nephews.

The AZA’s own guidelines require that elephants are housed in groups of three. This is the third variance the AZA has given to the zoo in a decade to house Lucky alone, despite pleas from IDA and our members to deny the unreasonable (and inhumane) requests and instead send Lucky to a facility that can meet her physical and social needs.

Click here to read more. Then use the form at that link to tell Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to intervene and confiscate Lucky. After you submit your letter, please follow up with a phone call to Sec. Vilsack: 202-720-3631.

186 Responses to “Urge USDA to Confiscate Elephant Lucky”

  1. June 03, 2013 at 5:25 pm, Iris Lambka said:

    Looks like us the public can do nothing at all to help Very sad I am truly disscusted


  2. June 03, 2013 at 5:23 pm, Iris Lambka said:

    And this reason for isolation and keeping till she dies is WHAT??????


  3. May 13, 2013 at 8:12 am, R.M. Fontanez said:

    This decision is cruel,shameful and tragic. Please save Lucky from the pathetic circus life.


  4. May 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm, Isabella Ireland said:

    Please help the suffering elephant Lucky.


  5. May 10, 2013 at 11:35 pm, Linda S. Wells-Cooke said:

    Please save Lucky from the misserable life in a circus.


  6. May 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm, Shirlee Schremp said:

    This really ticks me off. I signed so many petitions re: this heartless bas*****.


  7. May 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm, Vivien Prince said:

    Signed, tweeted, shared. This elephant needs to be freed with other elephants in an approved sanctuary. Please fight on for her.


  8. May 10, 2013 at 11:57 am, Courtney Scott said:

    Poor Lucky, you have not been lucky at all. Why is this not defined as animal
    cruelty? Solitary confinement is reserved for the worst of human inmates.
    What has Lucky done to deserve this? Send Lucky to santuary now.


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