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ELEPHANTS (#2)- Take Action!
3 years ago
IDA Slams the San Antonio Zoo Over Decision to Keep Lucky Alone ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, cruelty, environment, protection, suffering )
Cher - 1 hour ago -
Tell Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to intervene and confiscate Lucky. He is responsible for ensuring that the USDA enforces AWA regulations.
3 years ago

LUCKY IS STILL ALONE AT THE ZOO. WE NEED TO HELP HER. Thanks all that are helping. We will get her freed!

3 years ago


Why elephants should not be in Zoo's and more

Elephants are highly complex, social animals. In the wild, they live in extended family groups. Elephants form lifelong bonds and females stay with their mothers, aunts, sisters and other female relatives for their entire lives. Males stay with their mothers for up to fifteen years. These intelligent animals can travel many miles a day.

Today’s zoos are unable to meet the great physical, psychological and social needs of elephants. Zoos confine elephants to exhibits a few acres or less in size, a tiny fraction of an elephants’ natural home range. Zoos socially deprive elephants by keeping them in unnaturally small groups and routinely break up any bond formed in the zoo world when zoos shuffle elephants and other animals from one zoo to another for breeding.

Intense confinement, unnatural conditions and lack of space cause a range of problems for captive elephants, including:

-Dramatically Shortened Lifespans
Harmful zoo conditions and practices shorten elephant lifespan by decades, as documented in a peer-reviewed survey of 4,500 elephants, published in the prestigious journal Science (December 2008). The study found that Asian elephants in European zoos had a median lifespan of just 18.9 years compared to 41.7 years for wild elephants in an Asian logging camp. African elephants’ median lifespan was 16.9 years, compared to 56.0 years for free-ranging elephants in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.

-Captivity-induced health problems
Zoo officials work hard to convince the public that the elephants in their care are happy and healthy. On the contrary, most zoo visitors would be shocked to learn that many of the elephants on display survive on a daily diet of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications to mask captivity-related ailments which are the direct result of inactivity from confinement in artificial and restrictive zoo enclosures.

Arthritis and Foot Disease
Zoos cannot provide the vast acreage necessary to accommodate elephants’ need to walk. Elephants in zoos spend their entire lives inactive in tiny enclosures, standing on concrete or hard compacted dirt. As a result, they suffer extremely painful arthritis and recurrent foot infections, which become lethal over time. In fact, these preventable conditions are the leading cause of euthanasia in captive elephants.

Psychological Deterioration
Neurotic behaviors are common consequences of severe confinement. Neurotic reactions can take the form of rocking or swaying, head nodding, and other repetitive motions. Sadly, many zoos still use force and dominance to manage elephants. Historically, elephants have been managed through coercive force, such as chaining for prolonged periods and the use of “bullhooks” and electrical hotshots. Chaining has a direct correlation to neurotic behavior in elephants.

The bullhook, also called an ankus, is a tool used to punish and control elephants. It is a heavy rod with a sharp steel hook at one end. Both ends inflict damage. Trainers often embed the hook in the soft tissue behind the ears, inside the ear or mouth, in and around the anus, and in tender spots under the chin and around the feet. They also use the heavy rod to strike the elephant between the eyes and in other sensitive places as punishment when an elephant fails to comply with a command.

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3 years ago


-Infant Mortality
Programs to breed elephants in captivity have largely failed, with high stillbirth and infant mortality rates, pregnancy complications and premature infertility in female elephants. Without the complex social network that sustains elephants in the wild, new elephant mothers in captivity are ill-equipped to nurture infants, causing many of them to die. Inexperienced mothers would normally learn from other females in the family herd, who help ensure the infant’s survival. Zoos cannot begin to accommodate these vital social structures.

-Forced Confinement in Incompatible Climates
Zoos in cold climates pose additional health threats to elephants, who originate from the warm, temperate regions of Africa and Asia. Cold winters force elephants indoors for months at a time, into cramped enclosures that are even smaller than their inadequate outdoor areas. Forced indoors, elephants stand on concrete surfaces in their own urine and feces, which can lead to foot infection, joint disease and psychological problems stemming from boredom and stress.

-Devastation, Not Conservation
Zoos falsely claim that exhibiting elephants is part of a conservation effort to ensure the species’ survival. In fact zoos are consumers, not preservers of elephants, causing them to die decades before their natural time. Due to failed breeding problems, zoos look to the wild to restock their dwindling elephant population, therefore creating additional pressures on wild populations already threatened by habitat loss and illegal poaching.

3 years ago

Thank for the GREAT info, Julie!

3 years ago
URGENT: Tell Curacao to Cancel Cruel Elephant Rides ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, cruelty, environment, protection, suffering )
Cher - 2 hours ago -
On Saturday, June 1, Adir International, dba "Curacao," is planning to offer elephant rides provided by notorious animal abuser Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), despite being fully aware of video footage released by Animal Defenders International showing
3 years ago

Already been Signed! Thank you

3 years ago

Thanks Nyack, signed.

Take Action! Elephant Nosey Needs Your Help
3 years ago

Suffering Elephant Nosey Needs Your Help Today

In Defense of Animals

Long-suffering elephant Nosey will be forced to give rides at the Wolverine, Michigan "Lumberjack Festival" this weekend, June 28-30, 2013.


IDA, upon learning about this plan, immediately informed the festival board of exhibitor Hugo Liebel's decades of documented abuse and neglect of Nosey, who he’s now calling Tiny. But the board still plans to have Nosey give rides at their festival.


More than a year ago the USDA filed a complaint against Liebel claiming over 30 welfare violations for which Liebel had repeatedly been cited between 2007 and 2011. These included failure to provide adequate veterinary care as well as safe handling violations that put Nosey and the public at risk. The charges were settled in March, and Liebel was fined.


In April, Nosey was barred from entering Maine because a TB blood test showed that she carries the antibodies for the disease, and because Liebel had reportedly failed to do required follow-up testing.


And now the Wolverine Lumberjack Festival is giving Liebel yet another chance to profit from his appalling treatment of Nosey. Nosey is constantly chained except when giving rides or performing unnatural tricks. Her terrible skin condition persists. Liebel’s mishandling presents a constant danger to Nosey and to the public.


IDA and our members have worked tirelessly on behalf of Nosey for years, and she needs your help again.


This festival should not support an exhibitor with such a history of contempt for Nosey’s welfare or for laws intended to protect people and animals.


Please send a polite email today, in your own words, to: asking them to cancel elephant rides at the festival.


As always, thank you for all you do for the elephants!

3 years ago

Signed thanks Nyack !

3 years ago
Urgent: Help a Suffering Elephant in Wolverine, Michigan!

Animals  (tags: society, culture, environment, elephants, suffering, animalwelfare, protection, habitat )
Candy - 2 minutes ago -
The Wolverine Lumberjack Festival in Wolverine, Michigan, is planning to team up with infamous exhibitor Hugo "Tommy" Liebel this weekend to give rides on the suffering elephant Nosey,
3 years ago

Signed - horrible human abusers. 

3 years ago


3 years ago

Done - thank you 

3 years ago

Done! Thank you x

3 years ago

Thanks - done Nyack

3 years ago

I am up to date

3 years ago

Long-Suffering Elephant Nosey Needs Your Help Today

In Defense of AnimalsNosey the elephant is being dragged around from festival to festival this summer, forced to give rides. This week, she is being used at the Berlin Fair in Marne, Michigan, through July 20th. Nosey’s exhibitor, Hugo Liebel, was recently fined for violations of the Animal Welfare Act for decades of documented abuse and neglect, yet he is still allowed to exploit Nosey. Elephant rides are a danger to Nosey—and the public.

The festival committee needs to hear from you today. Please send an email to ask them to cancel the rides and send this cruel exhibitor on his way.

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