Target: L.A. Zoo Director John R. Lewis
Goal: Release Billy the Elephant from his undersized habitat to a rescue sanctuary.
Billy the Elephant’s habitat in L.A. is cramped, not very well supported, and has led to development issues with Billy, as he now shows signs of physical and mental stress along with possible depression. He has been a part of the L.A. zoo for over 30 years, since he was first taken from his home environment in Malaysia as a baby.
Billy doesn’t have any companions to play with and his habitat is far too small for a beast of such great magnitude. Elephants are one of the few animals in the world that can die of a broken heart from loneliness, so it’s time that the L.A. Zoo release Billy to a wildlife sanctuary that cares for other elephants so he can return to his own species.
Elephants are very social animals and it’s important for them to be around other elephants so they can maintain healthy physical and mental relationships. However, because Billy has been alone for so many years, there’s no doubt he’s withering away in his enclosure, longing for some relief. At this rate, Billy is at risk of winding up with the same fate as the other elephants at the zoo who died prematurely from stressful conditions.
The public has already been outraged enough to file a lawsuit that the L.A. responded to by promising a bigger, better structure for the elephant. However, the new enclosure is still very small and keeps Billy away from the other elephants at the zoo. The are L.A. Zoo employees who were allegedly quoted as not having any idea of elephants’ basic need for exercise and socializing, and that they just rotate the elephants from one small area to another. Demand that Billy be sent to an appropriate wildlife sanctuary.
Dear Director Lewis,
Billy is one of the most remarkable animals in the entire world, with a certain power and grace that only comes from animals of that stature–so why on Earth is he being confined to a cage and kept away from his fellow kind? The conditions in which Billy lives are absolutely unacceptable for an animal of his size. Billy has been actively showing signs of stress, such as a head bobbing and running into the walls on purpose.
Even with his new enclosure, Billy still shows these signs of stress and isolation. Moving him to a slightly bigger box was not successful, so it is time to take the next step. Billy needs to be transferred to a wildlife sanctuary where he can graze the grass, exercise, and interact with other elephants. It’s time to release Billy and stop subjecting him to such unfair conditions.
[Your Name Here]
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