Target: Kim Smith, Director of the Oregon Zoo
Goal: Urge the Oregon Zoo to let senior elephants retire to a sanctuary
Packy, a 52 year old resident elephant at the Oregon Zoo, will most likely never leave the tiny exhibit where he currently resides. The zoo administrators told voters that they would build a preserve to house the older elephants as part of a public relations campaign to obtain public funds. Unfortunately, the administrators of the Oregon Zoo are reneging on their promises. We must tell the Oregon Zoo that they need to keep their word to the public. They must allow older elephants to retire to an animal sanctuary as planned.
Elephants are enormous animals that need a large area to roam in order to be happy. The cramped exhibit at the Oregon Zoo is not sufficient, and keeping them in such a small facility for their entire lives is inhumane. Instead of using the public funding that it obtained in 2008 for the purpose of an elephant retirement home, the zoo has instead diverted the money to a new breeding facility. They have misled the public by diverting money intended for sanctuaries to projects that do nothing to help the elephants.
The money that voters were led to believe would help these elephants continues to be used for other purposes. While these animals suffer in a cramped exhibit, the zoo has sacrificed their well being in order to further it’s own agenda of maximizing profits. We must tell the Oregon Zoo that this is unacceptable. They must do what they promised and use these publicly obtained funds to build larger preserves for the elephants.
Dear Kim Smith, Director of the Oregon Zoo:
In 2008 the Oregon Zoo obtained $125 million from a bond measure that was passed by Oregon voters. During the campaign that the zoo led to obtain these funds it stated that the funds would be used to build a preserve to retire the older elephants. Now that the money has been obtained, you are backtracking on your promises. According to recent statements that you have made, the older elephants at the zoo will live out the remainder of their lives in your inadequate exhibits with no hope of relief.
Your actions have been dishonest and fraudulent. These animals deserve to have the preserve that the public chose to provide for them. By diverting the funds towards other projects you are being unfair to the elephants that have served your zoo for so long, as well as to the people of Oregon. I urge you to reconsider your actions.
[Your Name Here]
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