International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos

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Originally Posted: 12 May 2009

International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos - June 20 2009


Please join In Defense of Animals for its first-ever International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ), a global event aimed at bringing mammoth attention to the plight of elephants in zoos and ending their suffering. On Saturday, June 20th, pro-elephant advocates will turn out en masse at their local zoos, holding outreach events and demonstrations to educate the public about the tragic effects of keeping elephants in small, impoverished zoo pens where they are suffering and dying prematurely.


Visit this site for all information about the first annual international day for elephants in zoos. Here you will find information about managing an event, attending an event, event listings, and of course, more information.



  1. Elephants are suffering and dying prematurely in zoos. It is wrong and it must stop!
  2. The truth is on the side of the elephants. The facts are on the side of the elephants. Science is on the side of the elephants.
  3. Elephants are highly intelligent, sensitive and self-aware beings who deserve to live in dignity and freedom. For those already in captivity, we will fight to give them lives much closer to what nature intended. For those living in the wild, we will fight to give them greater protections and ensure their continued existence on this earth.
  4. The zoo industry has built its case for elephant captivity on a very shaky foundation based on denial, distortions and the dismissal of scientific evidence. Ultimately, it will fall.
  5. Public education is the key to victory for the elephants. The more people learn about elephants and how they suffer in zoos, the less they will tolerate seeing them on display, standing pathetically idle in small, impoverished zoo yards.
  6. We are supported by world-recognized authorities in elephant field biology, Asian and African elephant conservation, and zoo management, design, and animal care who are speaking out for the elephants.
  7. More and more scientific studies are documenting the devastating effects of zoo conditions on elephants the tipping point on this issue is near!
  8. Elected officials in our city and state governments are beginning to listen and take action on behalf of the elephants. There is great hope that civic leaders will eventually put elephant welfare over politics.
  9. We are joined by a constellation of caring individuals from all walks of life from Hollywood actors and celebrities to caring citizens and compassionate students.
  10. Pro-elephant advocates are some of the most tenacious, caring and committed people around! We will not give up until there is justice for all elephants.

Visit our image gallery to see the realities of elephants in zoos...and other ways people abuse them.

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