Neglected Elephant Deserves New Home


Target: Dr. Betty Goldentyer, Eastern Regional Director of the USDA

Goal: Close zoo and retire elephant allegedly enduring constant abuse to proper sanctuary.

An elephant has allegedly lived alone for years at an unethical zoo. We need to take action to ensure this elephant is retired to a proper sanctuary.

Asha the elephant is reportedly forced to give visitors rides daily. Sadly, the animal is also thought to live in a dismal state when not working, as she is said to have no contact with other elephants. Elephants are one of the most social animals, and they therefore need to interact with other elephants in order to maintain a healthy mental state.

Since the zoo has already been cited with 56 violations by the USDA in relation to the Animal Welfare Act, it is appalling that this establishment remains open. Just as disgraceful, the zoo is once again able to openly display their animals even though their permit that allows them to do so was previously suspended.

Demand this zoo be required to close its doors for good and that all animals, including Asha, be retired to proper zoos or sanctuaries where they will be treated humanely and given the chance to interact with other animals. Asha deserves to live the rest of her life in peace, not used to make greedy people larger profits.


Dear Dr. Goldentyer,

A zoo that has been found by the USDA to violate many animal welfare practices allegedly continues to abuse and neglect a 32-year-old elephant. This elephant needs to be rehomed at a reputable sanctuary in order to ensure that future abuse will not take place.

It is reported that Asha lives alone and that she is forced to give guests rides on a daily basis. Such an environment is not suitable to the animal’s needs, as many scientists have concluded that elephants interact socially in the wild. Therefore, by not constantly allowing this elephant to be around other elephants, zoo owners are severely neglecting this animal.

Considering the zoo has been given 56 violations for breaking animal welfare laws and even previously had its permit taken away that allowed owners to put animals on public display, it is inexcusable that this place is still legally allowed to operate. I therefore encourage you to immediately require that this zoo be shut down and that all animals, including Asha, be placed in reputable zoological environments. Animals deserve better than to be constantly neglected and abused.


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Photo credit: Elephant Listening Project

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  1. Beth Knalfa says:

    It would be nice if the USDA performed duties to uphold the law in a timely fashion. So so many animals suffer due to government neglect. Makes me wonder what I pay all these wasted tax dollars on.

  2. Carol Bowen says:

    Please shut this zoo down and place all the animals in a safe sanctuary where they can live out the rest of their days happy !!

    They are not your possessions, to be trifled with in such a despicable manner.
    Please close this zoo so that animals can be saved and live in comfort where they will be conserved for the beauty that they share with us.
    Become ethical before it’s too late to save your souls which are currently on a path that is totally misguided.

  4. Gerard FABIANO says:


  5. Elsie Cambridge says:

    I once went to Disney World. They had(and probably still do) and elephant who was forced to get down on his knees, walk 100 feet with a visitor on his back, then get down on his knees to let that visitor off and the next visitor get on. That went on all day. Much as I would dearly have loved to have ridden an elephant, I could not, in good conscience, make that elephant do that for me. How many other elephants in zoos and other places are forced to the same indignities in the same way for the amusement and profit of others. It’s time this was banned. Permanently.

  6. Karen Remnant says:

    Why is this hell hole still open?? About time someone did their, well paid, job and put an end to this

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

  8. Beth Knalfa says:

    The USDA does nothing. Give me my tax dollars back. Haven’t heard of ONE thing they have done to help an animal. We can send millions of petitons, they DON’T CARE.

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