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Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

The Defender
Vol. 1, No. 2 - Fall/Winter 2002

The P.E.A.C.E. Project
by Don Elroy

Director’s Note:  I have known Don Elroy for over 10 years and have always respected his effectiveness and dedication for ending the abuse of exotic animals.  He has always been an asset to the many campaigns that he and I have done together.  Many exotics have been removed from abusive situations and relocated to sanctuaries as a result of his work.  Our desire to keep Don working for the animals led to the birth of the P.E.A.C.E. Project.  Through your donations we want to continue and increase the scope of Don’s work through the P.E.A.C.E. Project.

 I want to introduce you to the P.E.A.C.E. Project, a division of SAEN. We are actively pursuing the goals set out by the meaning of the letters of our name, Promoting Education and Action for Captive Exotics.  This project educates the public concerning the plight of animals in captive situations and pushes for solutions to these problems.  We are fighting to eliminate captivity for all exotic animals.


As Director, to achieve these goals, I have filed numerous complaints with USDA, USFWS, state and local Wildlife, Conservation, Environmental, and Natural Resource Agencies concerning animal trainers, circuses, animal breeders, dealers, animal exhibitors, private owners, animal auctions, zoos, and roadside zoos.  I have placed numerous exotic animals in sanctuaries across the country, so that they may begin to have some peace, after lives of constant pain and struggle.  I have placed such animals as tigers, wolves and hybrids, bobcats and servals, bears, and almost any animal you may consider to be "exotic".


                I have consulted on books, such as Animal Underworld, and articles including "Zoo Animals To Go” (San Jose Mercury News), "Cruel & Unusual" (U.S. News & World Reports), and numerous other publications.


Currently, we are working on an issue concerning Joshua Weinstein, an animal trainer who moved to Minnesota from Las Vegas.  KARE Channel 11 in Minneapolis, MN has done an investigative story concerning Mr. Weinstein in which the reporter, Brad Woodard, captures Mr. Weinstein on tape abusing a chimpanzee in his care named Tarzan.  Tarzan is now deceased, and we are currently filing complaints with USDA to force a necropsy and subsequent investigation into his death.


Chimpanzee experts, Jane Goodall and Roger Fouts, were interviewed and described what they viewed as abuse.  You can help with this situation by calling the USDA’s Eastern Region office at (919) 716-5532 and requesting a thorough investigation into the death of Tarzan, including a necropsy.  Mr. Weinstein has a history of violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including the death of Eric Blum by Mr. Weinstein's tiger.


Brad Woodard, the investigative reporter, is a two time Genesis award winner for other investigative reports and should be commended for this wonderful expose'. KARE television should also be commended for having the courage to run this piece of investigative journalism.  The story runs 7 minutes and 45 seconds.  Very few stations allow an investigative story of this length to air.

Look forward to an article in an upcoming issue of The Defender concerning "Exotic Animal Training Methods Exposed", very soon.

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