Send Another Communication to Release Tina, Jewel, Queenie

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Originally Posted: 10 July 2009

Send Another Communication to Release Tina, Jewel, Queenie

From In Defense of Animals (IDA)

We are confident that only a little more pressure is necessary to achieve our goal: confiscation of these elephants and transfer to a sanctuary.


Sign the online petition here

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Find your U.S. Representative here

Find your U.S. Senators here

Ann Wright
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250


Thank you to all who called and wrote to Congress and the USDA on behalf of Tina, Jewel and Queenie, the three elephants suffering at the hands of their trainer, Will Davenport, a chronic violator of federal animal welfare law. The USDA received so many calls that it set up a special team to handle them. The pressure we are generating is surely helping to bring attention to the plight of these elephants. We are confident that only a little more pressure is necessary to achieve our goal: confiscation of the elephants and transfer to a sanctuary.

After their scheduled engagements with the Shrine Circus in Idaho were cancelled (thanks to letters from IDA and our loyal members), the elephants returned to their home base in Leggett, Texas. There they reportedly remain while undergoing tuberculosis testing and veterinary evaluation. Yet, every day that the USDA leaves these elephants in the hands of a trainer that the agency itself has documented to be untrained and incompetent, is another day that the lives of these magnificent animals are endangered.

All three elephants have suffered from severe weight loss, Tina and Jewel for the second time in as many years. A just-released USDA inspection report from June indicates that Jewel lost 740 pounds and Queenie (aka "Boo") lost 520 pounds, while Tina has lost 640 pounds in less than a year.

Visit our image gallery to see how elephants are treated in circuses and zoos.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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