Enough is Enough!
When we heard the news of the tragic death of Lily the baby elephant at the Oregon Zoo just two weeks ago, it made our blood boil.
It made us angry. It should make you angry too…
This year alone, there have been seven elephant deaths in zoos in the United States! SEVEN! First there was Gunda in Tulsa… then Kenzi in St. Louis… Punga at Reid Park in Tucson… Rolinda at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas… Sunda in Topeka… Maxine at the Bronx Zoo … and now Lily in Portland… all gone way too soon.
When will we awaken to the realization that elephants are not suited for captivity? When will we realize that confining these complex, intelligent, highly social animals in cramped isolation is nothing short of torture?
When will it stop? When will the madness end?
Zoos package and sell their cruelty to the public cleverly disguised as conservation. They want you to believe them when they say that Lily’s death was tragic and unavoidable; the result of a deadly viral infection.
Is it more than just coincidence that young Kenzi in St. Louis also died at the age of 6 from the same viral infection that took Lily? Something must be done!
In their natural environment, elephants can live up to 70 years. Of those who have died this year alone, their average age was just 35!
Enough is ENOUGH!
Our team of dedicated In Defense of Animals elephant campaigners are hard at work every day to end the plight of elephants held captive in zoos and circuses. We’re slugging away on the front lines of this battle with the full weight of our supporters behind us.
Our advocacy efforts include the annual publication of the highly esteemed 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants list which names and shames the worst offenders and increases the pressure on them to retire their captive elephants to accredited sanctuaries.
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