July 30, 2012
Stop Namibia From Exporting Rhinos, Elephants And Other Wildlife To Cuban Zoo
Send a polite message to the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Washington, DC, and to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia. Join IDA in urging them to stop this inhumane export that will forever deprive nearly 150 wild animals of their freedom. Remind them that wildlife should not be used as diplomatic tools.
If you are considering traveling to Namibia and this action would affect your decision, please state that in the message.
Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser). Please personalize and submit the form below to send your comments to:
- H. E . Mr. Martin Andjaba, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to the U.S.
- Ms. Anna Nengenge, Counsellor & Deputy Chief of Mission (Political & economic)
- Honourable Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Republic of Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Note: the term "Decision Maker" in the salutation below will automatically be replaced with the name and title of each recipient.
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
And/or contact the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in the U.S.:
1605 New Hampshire Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20009
phone (202) 986-0540
fax (202) 986-0443
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Namibia has announced that it will donate wild-caught elephants and many other species of wildlife to the National Zoological Park in Cuba to fulfill a diplomatic promise made in 2009. The animals will be taken from Waterberg Plateau Park and include lion, buffalo, black and white rhinos, brown hyena, spotted hyena, Cape eland, greater kudu, leopard, cheetah, caracal, and white-backed vulture. The animals are reportedly being captured now and the first exports will take place in early October.
The capture and transport is sure to be stressful for all the animals involved. Elephants' profound social bonds make separation from their mothers and families extremely traumatic for the babies and remaining family members, causing enormous emotional suffering. Familial ties are so strong that females remain with their mothers for life; males leave the herd at about age 14.
No matter the country, elephants do not fare well in zoos, where they endure captivity-caused diseases, including painful foot infections and crippling arthritis, that result in early deaths. The most recent science has found that elephants in zoos die decades sooner than those in the wild.
This will be the second export of elephants from Namibia this year. In June, nine young elephants were transferred to a the AZA-accredited Africam Safari, a drive-thru park in Mexico, as part of a commercial transaction. IDA successfully stopped the Dallas Zoo from moving the elephant Jenny to this facility due to serious welfare concerns.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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