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21 April 2002
Justice Denied for Savannah the Elephant

By Dr. Steven Best - sbest1@elp.rr.com 
President, Voice For all Animals

On Tuesday April 16th, the City Council voted 4 to 2 in favor of keeping Savannah at the El Paso Zoo and bringing in another elephant, Juno. Representatives Jan Sumrall (a self-professed “animal lover”) and Luis Sarinana excused themselves from this controversial vote in a patently opportunistic way. Representatives Larry Medina and Anthony Cobos had the moral vision to see the wrong in keeping Savannah confined at the zoo when the doors of freedom are open for her at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Hundreds of concerned citizens were shut out of the deliberation process and their letters and calls of concern were never answered. The decision to bring in another elephant was virtually rubber-stamped. Yet El Paso animal rights group Voice For All Animals has a vision for vastly improving the zoo, and we deserve to be heard. This involves freeing Savannah, and bringing in other elephants from still worse condition than the El Paso zoo, and ideally finding sanctuaries for them. The zoo would be transformed from a prisonhouse to a halfway house for rescuing elephants. But we must begin by freeing Savannah. When there is an opportunity for a being to have a better life, the opportunity ought to be granted.

Please write/call/fax Jan Sumrall and Luis Sarinana and criticize them for missing this important vote. Please strongly criticize Reps. Cook, Power, Rodriquez, and Escobar for voting against Savannah. Please thank Reps. Medina and Cobos for their compassion and courage. Your letters truly can help us, thank you.

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Mayor Caballero Mayor@ci.el-paso.tx.us <mailto:Mayor@ci.el-paso.tx.us>
phone 915-541-4145; fax 915-541-4501

Jan Sumrall District#1@ci.el-paso.tx.us
<mailto:District%231@ci.el-paso.tx.us> 541-4886; Fax 915-541-4380

Rose Rodriguez District#2@ci.el-paso.tx.us
<mailto:District%232@ci.el-paso.tx.us> 541-4996; Fax 915-541-4348

Larry Medina District#3@ci.el-paso.tx.us
<mailto:District%233@ci.el-paso.tx.us> 541-4572; Fax 915-541-4258

John Cook District#4@ci.el-paso.tx.us
<mailto:District%234@ci.el-paso.tx.us> 541-4140; Fax 915-541-4213

Dan Power District#5@ci.el-paso.tx.us
<mailto:District%235@ci.el-paso.tx.us> 541-4701; Fax 915-541-4360

Paul Escobar District#6@ci.el-paso.tx.us
<mailto:District%236@ci.el-paso.tx.us> 541-4182; Fax 915-541-4262

Luis Sarinana District#7@ci.el-paso.tx.us
<mailto:District%237@ci.el-paso.tx.us> 541-4108; Fax 915-541-4134

Anthony Cobos District#8@ci.el-paso.tx.us
<mailto:District%238@ci.el-paso.tx.us> 541-4123; Fax 915-541-4300

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