Move Isolated Zoo Elephant to Sanctuary

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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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Billy Hathorn

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8 Comments

  1. Elephants should be place in sanctuaries

  2. lucky desrerves a sanctuary now.

  3. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    Please have some compassion! No animal deserves to live in captivity. Give to Lucky at least the opportunity to live the rest of her life in a safe place where she will be respected and cherished.

  4. Judith Mitchell says:

    Lucky deserves far, far better. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee would be just where Lucky should be (should have been there decades ago). A dedicated, loving, compassionate staff care for rescued elephants, who roam freely in a large landscape with grassy meadows, shade trees, a pond to bathe in, and elephant companions.
    Living on concrete is bad for elephants’ feet and joints; living in solitude causes severe depression in elephants; denying Lucky the opportunity to roam at liberty over tracts of grassy land in the companionship of others of her species, is plain and simple animal cruelty. LET LUCKY LIVE HER REMAINING YEARS IN THIS SANCTUARY!!!

  5. Heather Brophy says:

    Tim, GO LOCK YOURSELF IN YOUR BEDROOM FOR 53yrs.YOU IGNORANT,CRUEL THING!

  6. PLEASE MOVE THIS SWEET ELEPHANT TO THE SANTUARY SO SHE CAN LIVE THE REST OF HER LIFE IN PEACE AND ANOTHER THING, WHAT IS WRONG WITH HUMANS WHO IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF ELEPHANTS AND OTHER ANIMALS…??? WHEN THEY ARE NOT TREATED WITH LOVE AND RESPECT, THEY DONT USUALLY THRIVE VERY WELL AND IT IS HEART BREAKING……
    THANK YOU

  7. Send this elephant to an animal sanctuary now!!!

  8. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

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