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From Animals in Print 12 February 2001 Issue:


This elephant needs our help immediately

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Dear ,

I am writing to you regarding the plight of Rhanee, a 30 year-old elephant who is currently living at the Valwo Zoo (Parque de la Naturaleza Valwo).

Rhanee has been placed at the Valwo Zoo after having been subjected to a life of abuse and neglect at the hands of the people who were formerly responsible for her care. Her handlers "trained" Rhanee and the other animals in their circus group by beating them viciously with iron bars, shovels, pitchforks and brooms. They were convicted of these horrific crimes in 1998; however, Rhanee continues to endure a difficult existence.

Although she is no longer being made to endure physical torture, Rhanee is now alone in a small, barren enclosure at the Valwo Zoo where she spends her days swaying back and forth in an attempt to dispel her distress and extreme boredom. This is an animal whose normal life in the wild would depend so enormously upon social interaction with other elephants. Wild elephants thrive in tightly-knit family groups, communicating amongst themselves and with other families to form a highly complex, nurturing community of individuals. They have a very high level of intelligence and can live to be sixty years of age.

The environment in which Rhanee is now living can only be serving to punctuate the sad and lonely life she has had so far. It is very important, especially considering the suffering she has already been through, that she have the chance to experience what an elephant needs and deserves to lead a happy life.

I urge Parques Reunidos and the Valwo Zoo to allow Rhanee this opportunity by transferring custody of her to Britain's Animal Defenders so that she can be relocated to a sanctuary. It is in this particular setting that she can enjoy the companionship of other elephants, as well as receive specialized care for the scars inflicted from years of physical and emotional abuse.

Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.


(your name and country)

J.B. Cabeza de Vaca,
Chair Parques Reunidos
Casa de Campo, s/n
28011 Madrid, Spain
Tel.: 34 91 463 29 00
Fax: 34 91 526 80 33
E-Mail: [email protected] 

Ms. Mara Besnier Cortines, Director
Parque de la Naturaleza Valwo
Ctra. Mojados
47014 Valladolid, Spain
Tel.: 34 98 383 27 59
Fax: 34 98 383 29 67
E-Mail: [email protected] 

Ask the local government and the Spanish Embassy to urge Parque de la Naturaleza Valwo to transfer custody of Rhanee to Animal Defenders.

Don Jose Luis Useros Fernández
Subdelegado del Gobierno
Castilla Y León
c/ Jesús Rivero Meneses, 1
47014 Valladolid, Spain
Tel.: 34 983 36 59 00
Fax: 34 983 36 59 13

His Excellency Javier Ruperez
Ambassador of Spain
2375 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
Tel.: 202-452-0100
Fax: 202-833-5670
E-Mail: [email protected] 

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