Tell Six Flags to Send Elephants to a Sanctuary

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Originally Posted: 11 July 2009

Tell Six Flags to Send Elephants to a Sanctuary

From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Six Flags needs to send the 13 elephants they have in captivity to elephant sanctuaries.


Sign the online petition here

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Mark Shapiro, CEO
Six Flags
1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036


Six Flags has the opportunity to ease its financial woes by doing the right thing by its 13 elephants. By closing the Discovery Kingdom and Wild Safari elephant exhibits and sending the elephants to a sanctuary, Six Flags could save up to $2 million per year.

Since 1991, 14 zoos in the U.S. have closed or announced plans to phase out their elephant exhibits after concluding that they could not adequately provide for the complex needs of elephants. Elephants suffer immensely in zoos because of lack of space, which causes muscular-skeletal ailments, arthritis, and foot and joint diseases. In a sanctuary, Six Flags' 13 elephants would have hundreds of acres of natural habitat to roam and a multitude of opportunities to express their natural behavior.

Please make the responsible decision to close the Six Flags elephant exhibits permanently and send the elephants to a sanctuary. Thank you for your consideration of my comments.


Six Flags recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and PETA is urging the company to permanently close the elephant exhibits at its theme parks—Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, and Wild Safari in Jackson, New Jersey—and send the 13 elephants to a sanctuary. By doing so, Six Flags would profoundly improve the lives of the elephants, while saving up to $2 million per year in operating expenses.

Elephants in zoos are dying decades short of their expected lifespan from painful and crippling illnesses that are directly related to lack of space. In fact, five of the eight elephants who have died at Discovery Kingdom since 1995 were euthanized because of severe foot and/or joint disease. Since 1991,14 zoos in the U.S. have closed or announced that they will phase out their elephant exhibits, citing an inability to provide proper care. Please contact Mark Shapiro, CEO of Six Flags, and urge him to join this progressive trend by permanently closing the theme parks' antiquated elephant exhibits.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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