Tom Vilsack:
Send Queenie to a Sanctuary

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Originally Posted: 19 April 2010

Tom Vilsack:
Send Queenie to a Sanctuary

FROM In Defense of Animals (IDA)

Please call USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today at (202) 720-3631 or fax him at (202) 720-2166. Tell him he must remedy this, and allow Queenie to go to the PAWS sanctuary now.


Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166


In a shocking development, IDA learned late last week that the USDA is forcing Queenie's transfer to the San Antonio Zoo as part of a settlement agreement with circus handler Will Davenport for federal animal welfare charges against him. The zoo's tiny and inadequate display is unfit even for the one elephant it presently holds, the misnamed Lucky.

Sending Queenie to this zoo is particularly egregious since the PAWS Sanctuary had made a formal offer to give her a home that would provide the highest possible quality of life, including the choice of elephant companions, 50 acres of habitat to roam, and a rich natural environment.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!