Target: Tim Morrow, CEO and Executive Director of San Antonio Zoo
Goal: Move Lucky, a lone elephant, to a reputable sanctuary.
Lucky the elephant has been at the San Antonio Zoo since the age of two. She is now 55 years old. As of 2013, Lucky has been in isolation due to the death of her friend. Lucky shows clear psychological problems as a result of her living conditions. She can be seen rocking back and forth excessively, which even the zoo says is “anxious behavior.”
The animals rights group, The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), is suing the San Antonio Zoo over Lucky. The ALDF’s lawsuit claims that the San Antonio Zoo is violating the Endangered Species Act by having Lucky all alone, by not providing adequate space or shelter, and by not using proper materials for Lucky’s exhibit floor. The ALDF claims that all of these factors can cause physical and psychological damage to Lucky. “More and more zoos have admitted that they cannot meet elephants’ complex needs and have closed their elephant exhibits” says executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Stephen Wells.
Elephants are very intelligent, curious and social animals. They develop deep bonds with family members and it is inherently cruel to keep an elephant in isolation. Tell the San Antonio Zoo that Lucky deserves to live out the rest of her life happily and healthy among other elephants.
Dear Mr. Morrow,
Your zoo currently holds an elephant by the name of Lucky. As of 2013, Lucky has been kept in isolation. As I am sure you are aware, elephants are highly intelligent and social creatures. They form deep family bonds, especially females. They have even displayed feelings of joy, grief and anger. To keep Lucky in isolation is intolerably cruel.
Many zoos are getting rid of their elephant displays because they are finally acknowledging that they are unable to provide these complex animals with their wants and needs. It is time that you acknowledge that as well and let Lucky live out the rest of her days happily, healthy and among other elephants.
Please consider moving Lucky to a sanctuary. She does not deserve to spend the rest of her life alone while people gawk at her all day. She needs elephant companions and an environment suitable for her needs.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Billy Hathorn