Don’t Import Elephants for Zoo Attractions

Elephant PETA

Target: Bryan Arroyo, Assistant Director of International Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Do not grant a permit to import 18 elephants from Swaziland to various zoos in the U.S.

A permit is waiting approval to import 18 elephants from the wild and add them as zoo attractions in the United States. Elephants are one of the most intelligent creatures on this planet and, for this reason, many zoos have decided to close down their elephant displays. Zoos are unable to meet the requirements to make elephants’ lives happy and healthy. However, people are fascinated by elephants and their presence causes a rise in zoo attendance and profit. Therefore, the Dallas Zoo, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Nebraska, and the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas are trying to import 18 elephants from Swaziland to make more money.

In order to obtain these elephants, the zoos need a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. By allowing this import, 18 elephants will be taken away from their families, the wild, and everything they’ve ever known to a life in confinement with only a few other elephants. Elephants are very intelligent animals and they establish deep connections with other elephants. Tearing them away from the wild and their families causes unnecessary trauma.

Sign this petition and ask Assistant Director of International Affairs, Bryan Arroyo, to deny the import permit so that these elephants do not face a miserable existence in a zoo.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Assistant Director Arroyo,

The Dallas Zoo, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas are looking to add elephants to their zoos. Their reason for wanting these animals is because elephants will “skyrocket the attendance like nothing ever has here before.” The reason is a greedy one rather than keeping the elephants’ best interests at heart.

In recent years, many zoos have realized that they are unable to to meet the requirements to make their elephants lives happy and healthy ones. Upon this realization, many zoos have decided to close down their elephant displays. Elephants are one of the most intelligent animals on this planet and they establish deep emotional bonds with other elephants. By allowing this permit, 18 elephants will be torn away from their families and the wild to spend the rest of their days in captivity with only a few other elephants.

Please keep the elephants’ well-being in mind when considering this permit. These elephants did nothing to deserve being taken away from everything they’ve ever known. No amount of money is worth the unnecessary trauma these elephants would experience.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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