End the Cruel Capture and Export of Baby Elephants

Target: Oppah Muchinguri, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Zimbabwe

Goal: Ban the export of wild baby elephants from Zimbabwe to Chinese zoos.

For the past several years, Zimbabwe has been exporting a number of young wild elephants to Chinese zoos. These elephants, some as young as three years old, are sedated and separated from their herds before being held in prison-like facilities, where they are kept with little stimulation or interaction with others of their kind.

In a recent example of this shocking and cruel practice, video has surfaced showing a five-year-old female elephant being punched and kicked in the head just moments after she recovered from sedation. A number of wildlife rangers can be seen harassing and beating her as they try to force the young elephant into a truck. This abuse must not be tolerated, and the practice of capturing these young elephants must be brought to an end.

Elephants are known for being exceptionally intelligent, sensitive creatures that form life-long family bonds. Separating a baby elephant from his or her family and forcing them to endure a life in captivity is inhumane. Sign this petition and demand that Zimbabwe put an end to this horrific trade.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Muchinguri,

Your country has exported dozens of young wild elephants to China over the past several years to help pay for the salaries of wildlife management officials as well as to assist in the nation’s recovery from drought. This practice has resulted in widespread abuse and mistreatment, as seen in the recent video from Hwange National Park showing a five-year-old female elephant being repeatedly kicked in the head by a handler.

Elephants, particularly ones as young as the elephant shown in the film, belong in their close-knit family herds, not in zoos half a world away. Please consider the welfare of these intelligent and sensitive creatures and find another way to cover the costs of wildlife management that does not involve this cruel exploitation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ian Sewell

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4 Comments

  1. KEEP THE ELEPHANT IN THEIR NATIVE HOMES NOW.

  2. Stop this horrific abuse! This is cruelty to kidnap these babies from their families and homes! Leave them alone!

  3. LEAVE THE ELEPHANTS ALONE ALREADY! LET THEM LIVE IN PEACE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES!

  4. sheila menache says:

    Stop this immediately -elephants don’t belong in Chinese zoos. Instead of stealing the money from poor Zimbabweans Grace Mugabe and having to sell baby elephants to improve the economy – do something constructive for a change

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