Target: Hiroshi Moriyama, Japan’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Goal: Move lonely elephant from zoo to reputable sanctuary.
The oldest captive elephant in Japan, Hanako, has spent the last 61 years of her life in a concrete cell. She is currently 68 years old. Hanako is located at the Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo, Japan and it is unknown when she has last come in contact with another elephant. Her enclosure is barren without trees, grass, or other plant life.
According to the Japan Times, Hanako was first brought to the Ueno Zoo in Japan from Thailand at just two years old. A few years later she was moved to Inokashira Park Zoo where she still is today.
Hanako has obviously suffered mentally due to her living conditions. She has attacked quite a few humans and, as a result of this, ended up in chains for some time. This made her miserable existence even more depressing. On top of all this, her physical health is declining. She has digestive issues and most of her teeth are gone.
Hanako is only getting older and it is time she is given a happy life. Sixty-one years of living in a barren, concrete enclosure with little to no contact with others is no life at all. Hanako deserves a lush living area surrounded by other elephants. Sign this petition and demand that the Japanese government help Hanako now and move her to a reputable sanctuary.
Dear Minister Moriyama,
I am writing to you in regards of the elephant Hanako who is kept at the Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo. Hanako is the oldest captive elephant in Japan at 68 years old. Unfortunately, she has spent 61 of those years trapped in a barren, concrete enclosure with little to no contact with other elephants.
Due to her extremely neglectful and depressing surroundings, Hanako has suffered mentally. She has taken out her confusion, frustration, loneliness, and anxiety on a few humans. As if this wasn’t enough, Hanako’s physical health is suffering. She has digestive problems and has lost many of her teeth throughout the years.
Hanako has suffered more than any living being ever should. It is time that she lives a happy and healthy life surrounded by nature and friends. Take action upon the Inokashira Park Zoo and demand that they release Hanako to a reputable sanctuary. The least we can do for her now is make the last of her years happy ones.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Ulara Nakagawa