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Captive Elephants in Seattle Need Your Help TODAY!

Chai at Woodland Park Zoo
Chai at Woodland Park Zoo

The sole African elephant at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, Watoto, was euthanized in August, which reignited the efforts to get the zoo to close its elephant exhibit, given that its inadequate care and monitoring resulted in the second elephant death at that zoo in seven years. Although the zoo announced that it is closing the elephant exhibit, it plans to send the remaining elephants, two Asian elephants named Chai and Bamboo, to another zoo instead of to an accredited sanctuary.

Watoto's story is not uncommon for captive elephants. She was taken from Africa as a baby and hadn't seen another African elephant since she was about 2 years old. She was incompatible with one of the two other elephants at the zoo, and the zoo "handled" this by confining one of the elephants to a cage for up to 17 hours a day. When not in solitary confinement, the elephants had less than an acre of space to roam. Elephants in the wild walk up to 30 miles every day. Sending Chai and Bamboo to another zoo would only prolong their denial of a natural life.

PETA has joined forces with other organizations to urge Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and other city officials to intervene in the zoo's attempts to send Chai and Bamboo to another zoo. Please add your name to this petition asking that the elephants be sent to a sanctuary. After you sign, please make a quick call to the mayor at 206-684-4000 and ask him to do the right thing for the elephants at Woodland Park Zoo.

Please Send Remaining Elephants to a Sanctuary
In light of the positive news that Woodland Park Zoo is closing its elephant exhibit, I am writing to ask that you take action to ensure that the two remaining elephants at that zoo, Chai and Bamboo, are sent to a sanctuary instead of another zoo. Retiring them to a sanctuary will give them the respite they deserve after a life of cruel confinement. Please do what is right for the elephants and give them the opportunity to enjoy brighter days and space to roam--something that was denied Watoto. Thank you for your time.
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