Stop Shipment of Wild Elephants to U.S. Zoos

Elephant Michael Nichols

Target: Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS)

Goal: Move elephants to accredited sanctuaries similar to their natural habitat rather than shipping them to the confinement of U.S. zoos.

Unfortunately, elephant populations have been on the decline due to poaching for ivory and habitat loss. There has been discussion on the best ways to protect these elephants, but it seems that there is no true solution. One proposition was to take a handful of elephants away from the home they’ve known their entire lives, the wild, and ship them to U.S. zoos.

The USFWS has approved of this plan and will allow 18 elephants to be shipped from Africa to either the Dallas Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo or the Henry Doorly Zoo.

Conservation for these animals is very important, however this proposition just seems to be another way for people to make money. Dr. Marilyn Kroplick, president of In Defense of Animals, stated that “this despicable move puts cash before conservation. It is deeply irresponsible of the USFWS to allow this precedent-setting removal of African elephants from Africa for a lifetime of captivity.”

Zoos are confining for these huge creatures. Since these African elephants are in danger if they stay in the wild, they must be moved to an accredited sanctuary that mimics their native habitat.

Sign this petition and tell the USFWS that there are more effective ways to help elephants in the wild. These elephants should not be forced to a lifetime of confinement.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Jewell,

The U.S. Department of the Interior is allowing 18 elephants to be shipped from Africa to a select few zoos in the United States. This is supposedly in order to help the declining elephant populations in Africa due to poaching for ivory and habitat loss. However, it seems that this move is more for profit than compassion.

Conservation is very important for these animals. However, there are more effective ways to help these elephants and it is time these solutions are explored more. It is not right to take 18 elephants from the wild, the place they have considered home their entire lives, and move them to a lifetime of captivity surrounded by large, loud crowds of people. Instead of zoos, move these elephants into an accredited sanctuary that mimics their native habitat.

Please look into other ways of helping these elephants. No elephant should be forced into a lifetime of confinement.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Michael Nichols

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4 Comments

  1. What The Fuck???? Are you, USA, doing this shameful, awful, sadistic thing?? Unbelievable! You like slavery, don’t you? it is your hidden second nature, ha?
    Stop doing this horrible things with animals!

  2. Heather Brophy says:

    Sally, WE PAY YOU TO BE HUMANE AND INTELLIGENT WHICH YOU ARE NOT BEING NOW! THE ZOO WOULD BE HELL HOLES FOR THEM,LOCK YOURSELF IN YOUR BEDROOM BECAUSE THAT’S HOW MUCH ROOM THEY WILL HAVE!

  3. Secretary SALLY JEWELL (AGAIN!!!), U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS)
    WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING IN THIS JOB?????????? NOT MUCH, THAT’S FOR SURE. SURELY, SOMEONE ELSE WOULD DO BETTER.
    We are asking you to MOVE ELEPHANTS TO ACCREDITED SANCTUARIES similar to their natural habitat rather than shipping them to the confinement of U.S. zoos. Does this sentence have too many words?????????????????? It would appear so.

  4. E. Cambridge says:

    Look up the slaughter of wild horses and their removal from public lands( so much so there’s hardly any left) so rich ranchers can rent it for pennies for their thousands of cattle who destroy the ecosystem with urine and who chew the vegetation until it can’t recover. Horses and other wildlife found dead outside coralled off public water supplies rerouted for cattle. Next they’re slaughtering the bison who migrate out of Yellowstone National Park because ranchers don’t want it. Sally Jewell doesn’t seem to be doing anything to stop it although numerous groups have contacted her to do so. Now this. Perhaps she should vacate her position and let someone who actually represents the wildlife of america (and who works to preserve and protect not only them but all others who fall under her jurisdiction) fill her position.

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