Target: Dr. Betty Goldentyer, Eastern Regional Director of the USDA
Goal: Close zoo and retire elephant allegedly enduring constant abuse to proper sanctuary.
An elephant has allegedly lived alone for years at an unethical zoo. We need to take action to ensure this elephant is retired to a proper sanctuary.
Asha the elephant is reportedly forced to give visitors rides daily. Sadly, the animal is also thought to live in a dismal state when not working, as she is said to have no contact with other elephants. Elephants are one of the most social animals, and they therefore need to interact with other elephants in order to maintain a healthy mental state.
Since the zoo has already been cited with 56 violations by the USDA in relation to the Animal Welfare Act, it is appalling that this establishment remains open. Just as disgraceful, the zoo is once again able to openly display their animals even though their permit that allows them to do so was previously suspended.
Demand this zoo be required to close its doors for good and that all animals, including Asha, be retired to proper zoos or sanctuaries where they will be treated humanely and given the chance to interact with other animals. Asha deserves to live the rest of her life in peace, not used to make greedy people larger profits.
Dear Dr. Goldentyer,
Natural Bridge Zoo in Virginia has been found by the USDA to violate many animal welfare practices. They allegedly continue to abuse and neglect a 32-year-old elephant. This elephant needs to be rehomed at a reputable sanctuary in order to ensure that future abuse will not take place.
It is reported that Asha lives alone and that she is forced to give guests rides on a daily basis. Such an environment is not suitable to the animal’s needs, as many scientists have concluded that elephants interact socially in the wild. Therefore, by not constantly allowing this elephant to be around other elephants, zoo owners are severely neglecting this animal.
Considering the zoo has been given 56 violations for breaking animal welfare laws and even previously had its permit taken away that allowed owners to put animals on public display, it is inexcusable that this place is still legally allowed to operate. I therefore encourage you to immediately require that this zoo be shut down and that all animals, including Asha, be placed in reputable zoological environments. Animals deserve better than to be constantly neglected and abused.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Elephant Listening Project