Help Stop Elephant Abuse at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo

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Originally Posted: 30 July 2010

Help Stop Elephant Abuse at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo

FROM Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Free Woodland Park Zoo Elephants

Urge the City of Seattle to stop funding the Woodland Park Zoo's cruel elephant exhibit and send all three elephants, Chai, Bamboo and Watoto to sanctuaries where elephants can BE elephants.

Watch Spaceless in Seattle for a new understanding of how elephants are abused (appropriate for children of all ages!


Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact to Seattle City Council Members:

Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council, Parks Committee Chair

Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council, Council President

Sally J. Clark, Seattle City Council

Nick Licata, Seattle City Council

Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council

Tim Burgess, Seattle City Council

Jean Godden, Seattle City Council

Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Council

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council

Deborah Jensen, Woodland Park Zoo President


As a result of inadequate facilities, abusive management practices, longstanding intentional neglect, and breeding practices in callous disregard for elephants’ welfare, the elephants Bamboo, Watoto, and Chai at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo suffer from severe and chronic foot and joint injuries, unexplained physical trauma and bleeding, and sustained psychological harm. Chai’s daughter, Hansa, died in 2007 when she was only six years old as a result of the Zoo’s practices. A fourth Woodland Park Zoo elephant, Sri, who is currently on loan to another zoo’s breeding program, has endured the horror of carrying a full-term deceased fetus in her womb for over four years.

That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is representing two outraged citizens who filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle, Washington. The lawsuit aims to stop the City’s unlawful use of taxpayer dollars to support the Woodland Park Zoo’s reckless and illegally cruel treatment of its elephants.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!