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Originally Posted: December 4, 2012

Help Elephants Suffering at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo

FROM Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)


Although Woodland Park Zoo is a private institution, it receives more than $10 million in annual taxpayer contributions from Seattle and King County residents. If you are a Seattle or King County resident or have other ties to the city and/or county, please be sure to note that in your correspondence. Let officials know that you do not want your taxes to support further neglect and exploitation of elephants by Woodland Park Zoo and that you want the elephants to be retired to a sanctuary.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Seattle City Council
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025
[email protected]

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Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Michael Berens has written a thorough, two-part exposé for The Seattle Times, titled "Glamour Beasts: The Dark Side of Elephant Captivity," which includes a detailed account of the unnatural and lonely lives of Bamboo, Chai, and Watoto—three elephants who have been confined to cramped enclosures at the Woodland Park Zoo for decades. Please join PETA and Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants in urging Seattle and King County officials to demand that zoo officials retire the three elephants to a sanctuary immediately!

In his exposé, Berens uncovers a secret that the zoo industry is desperately trying to hide: Elephants in zoos are not thriving in captivity. Rather, they are suffering from a number of physical and psychological ailments, such as arthritis and abnormal repetitive behavior, that are characteristic of elephants whose complex needs are not being met. At Woodland Park Zoo, which features prominently in the first part of the exposé ("Elephants Are Dying Out in America's Zoos," 1 Dec.), Bamboo, Chai, and Watoto are forced to live in small, inadequate enclosures. Chai, who was torn away from her mother when she was only a year old, has been repeatedly subjected to invasive and uncomfortable artificial insemination and breeding attempts that risked her health and psychological well-being.

Now that Berens' powerful exposé has finally shed light on the squalid conditions in which Bamboo, Chai, and Watoto have been kept for decades, it is time for these elephants to live out the rest of their lives at an accredited sanctuary. Please send a polite note to Seattle and King County officials and urge them to demand that Bamboo, Chai, and Watoto be retired immediately.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!