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Elephant Tania Needs Your Help

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Originally Posted: February 15, 2013

Elephant Tania Needs Your Help

FROM In Defense of Animals (IDA)

ACTION

Tell the European Commissioner for the Environment, who is responsible for implementing and enforcing the EU Zoo Directive to investigate Tania's situation, and work toward raising standards to improve the lives of millions of zoo animals in the European Union.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Mr. Janez Potocnik
Commissioner for the Environment
European Commission
Environment DG, B-1049
Brussels, Belgium
janez.potocnik@ec.europa.eu

Also, ask the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria to take immediate action to alleviate Tania's suffering and integrate her with other elephants.

EAZA Executive Office
Dr. Lesley Dickie
Executive Director
c/o Artis Zoo - Amsterdam
PO Box 20164
1000 HD Amsterdam
The Netherlands
lesley.dickie@eaza.net

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Tania elephant zoo captivity

Tania is a 37-year-old elephant suffering a life of solitary confinement at the Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania, transferred from an Italian zoo in September. Although the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria requires that zoos house female elephants in groups, Tania continues to languish without the company of other elephants. This is cruel punishment for female elephants, who are profoundly social.

Tania was captured in the wild in the 1970s, likely prematurely separated from her mother and other family members. She was then sent to a zoo in France where she appears to have lived alone for more than 20 years. Observers note that since her arrival at Targu-Mures Zoo, Tania has been forced to live indoors in a tiny barren cell standing on concrete, often in her own urine and feces.

Tania elephant zoo captivity

The zoo industry reportedly claims that Tania does not get along with other elephants. Zoos often use this claim to justify housing solitary elephants when, in fact, it is the unnatural conditions at zoos that deprive elephants of their most basic needs - room to move and more natural social groupings. Tania also repeatedly rocks and sways, which is a coping mechanism indicating she is in psychological distress.


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