Stop Pseudo-sanctuary For Solitary Elephant, Rosie

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Originally Posted: 15 October 2011

Tell Maine: Stop Pseudo-sanctuary For Solitary Elephant, Rosie

FROM In Defense of Animals (IDA)


Send a message to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Help IDA assure that Dr. Laurita does not receive the permits that would allow him acquire Rosie for his backyard (literally!) pseudo-sanctuary.

Sign an online petition:

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

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
email: mailto:[email protected]

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Chandler E. Woodcock, Commissioner
41 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0041
phone (207) 287-8000
fax (207) 287-8094 or (207) 287-6395


Despite pleas from Maine citizens, experts from around the world, and actor Lily Tomlin, a veterinarian is moving forward with his plan to bring a lone elephant named Rosie to live in a backyard “sanctuary” that is a anything but a refuge for this elephant. But some hurdles remain that can stop this misguided plan.

Veterinarian Jim Laurita, a long-time friend to circuses, still has to secure permits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to keep and exhibit Rosie. While he claims to want to help her – she suffers severe arthritis – veterinarians experienced in working with elephants state that the therapies he would provide cannot overcome the ill effects of keeping Rosie confined indoors to a tiny pen for at least five months out of the year due to cold weather and snow.

There are solid grounds for both the USDA and the state of Maine to deny granting permits for the possession and exhibition of Rosie:

Dr. Laurita has spoken with IDA founder Dr. Elliot Katz, who urged him to facilitate Rosie’s transfer to a real elephant sanctuary, where she could live with other Asian elephants, have acres to roam, and receive the expert care that she needs for healing. Instead, he claims plans to acquire yet another elephant, though he can’t provide enough space for even one.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!