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1 year ago

The most common animal cruelty today is THE CAGE. To make positive impact for animals like Zina, we must change the mindset of those who profit from their misery - like Mike Blakely.

How? If we can put Mr. Blakely in Zina's cage "with the highest standards and excellent care" ... maybe his mind will evolve?



This post was modified from its original form on 30 Sep, 0:50
1 year ago

always the same problem, humans!!

thanks all for trying

we are our worst enemy,and any animals who happen to come our way

take a huge risk

hi
1 year ago

I received that too.I feel so sorry for Zina!!!!

1 year ago

Received this email in reply to the email I sent them.  Unfortunately it looks like they have no intention of sending lonely Zina to a sanctuary and plan on keeping her in their prison.  I copied Desanka's letter text, thanks for posting that as I am rushed off my feet lately and did not have time for thinking of what to say.  Used this as the subject.   Subject: Please send lonely Zina to a sanctuary.   Here is the reply I received.....

I appreciate the care and concern that you have expressed for our elephant, Zina. As a zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Little Rock Zoo maintains the highest standards for animal care and I can assure you that Zina receives excellent care every day at our Zoo. We agree with you that Zina is a highly social animal in need of companionship and we are pursuing several options and opportunities for Zina that will provide her with an environment that is healthy for her body, mind and soul. 


The median life expectancy of an elephant living in a zoo accredited by the AZA is 49.6 years.  At the age of 62, Jewell, Zina’s companion, had exceeded the life expectancy of many of her zoo counterparts when she recently passed. The Little Rock Zoo elephant program has taken great pride in caring for geriatric elephants.  Encouraging exercise, providing a proper diet, an environment full of enrichment, proper shelter and the best veterinary care possible are just some of the things our elephant staff do every day for our elephants.   Our staff is highly trained and stay abreast of the most current trends in elephant care and management and share data and information with colleagues at more than 70 other elephant holding zoos across the continent. 


The City of Little Rock has made an investment in our elephant program in infrastructure and staff.  The public has always shown a great deal of support for our elephant program – there are never enough seats available for our Breakfast with Elephants educational programs and more than 5,000 people attended our last Elephant Appreciation weekend.  We firmly believe that our citizens support our elephant program and want to see elephants at our Zoo.


Again, we thank you for your interest in Zina and her health and well-being.  We are both interested in the protection and welfare of elephants.  I thank you for your input and suggestions and for your dedication to elephants.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Mike Blakely, Director

Little Rock Zoo

1 year ago

Thank you, everyone, for trying to help.  My e-mails were sent last week -- the same day I posted this.  I didn't receive any delivery failure notifications so assume all reached recipients. 


1 year ago

I held back sending the emails as reports of them being undelivered, but they worked this morning thank goodness.

1 year ago

Thanks Betty and Desanka, I have sent emails today.  I haven't been notified of any delivery failures so fingers crossed. xx

1 year ago

Emails sent... but like Desanka

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.

mblakely@littlerock.org
mayor@littlerock.org
board@littlerock.org


Received-From-MTA: dns;mwsmtp02vmoc.mail2world.com
Arrival-Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:01:08 -0700

Final-Recipient: rfc822;mblakely@littlerock.org
Action: failed
Status: 5.5.0
Diagnostic-Code: smtp;554 rejecting banned content

Final-Recipient: rfc822;mayor@littlerock.org
Action: failed
Status: 5.5.0
Diagnostic-Code: smtp;554 rejecting banned content

Final-Recipient: rfc822;board@littlerock.org
Action: failed
Status: 5.5.0
Diagnostic-Code: smtp;554 rejecting banned content


1 year ago

Unfortunately, delivery to all 3 recipients failed permanently.

The error that the other server returned was:
554 rejecting banned content

1 year ago

Thank YOU, Desanka!  Thanks for taking action.


1 year ago

TO: mblakely@littlerock.org, mayor@littlerock.org, board@littlerock.org


I'm writing regarding the September 8, 2013 death of Jewell, a 62-year-old Asian elephant held at the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas. According to media reports, Jewell was found lying on her side, struggling to rise, apparently when zoo staff arrived for work. She was later euthanized. It is evident that zoo staff did not close monitor Jewell!

I urge you to investigate the conditions surrounding Jewell’s death, and to do immediate investigation into the welfare of the zoo’s remaining elephant, Zina, who is 52 and has a lengthy history of serious health problems. Please ensure that Zina is observed on a round-the-clock basis, so she is not without the immediate medical intervention.

I am also asking the Little Rock Zoo to retire Zina to a sanctuary and to close its elephant exhibit for good. Zina must go to natural habitat elephant sanctuary, where she would be provided with 24-hour veterinary care, have room to roam, and benefit from the company of other elephants for the duration of her life.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely


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Thank you Betty!

1 year ago

Thanks Betty, emails sent.

1 year ago

Sending email now

care for Zina
1 year ago

Hi this is Kate. I sent an e-mail. I hope they retire the poor animal and let her live in a natural and peaceful habitat
Thanks a lot

1 year ago

Thanks Betty!

Help Elephant, Zina, at Little Rock Zoo
1 year ago

 

Please Help Surviving Elephant at Little Rock Zoo

In Defense of AnimalsJewell, a 62-year-old elephant, recently died at Arkansas' Little Rock Zoo. According to media reports, Jewell was euthanized after zoo staff found her lying on her side the morning of September 8th, struggling to rise. Jewell had a lengthy history of medical problems and was diagnosed with arthritis as early as 1991. IDA has filed a complaint with the USDA, asking the agency to investigate the circumstances surrounding Jewell’s death, and the fact that an elephant known to be chronically ill with potentially life-threatening conditions was apparently unmonitored throughout the night.

 

Jewell's death leaves her companion, Zina, alone at the zoo. IDA has grave concerns for Zina, who is 52 and also has a lengthy history of chronic health problems, including foot problems and arthritis—among the leading causes of death of captive elephants. IDA is urging the Little Rock Zoo to retire Zina to a sanctuary and to close its elephant exhibit for good. We’re also asking the zoo to ensure that Zina is observed on a round-the-clock basis while she remains at the zoo, so she is not at risk of becoming critically ill without the possibility of immediate medical intervention.

 

Please take a moment to write brief, polite letters to the director of the Little Rock Zoo, Mayor Mark Stodola, and the Little Rock Board of Directors. Please ask that the zoo retires Zina to a spacious, natural habitat elephant sanctuary, where she would be provided with 24-hour veterinary care, have room to roam, and also benefit from the company of other elephants for the duration of her life. Please also urge the zoo to close its elephant exhibit for good.

 

Mike Blakely, Little Rock Zoo Director: mblakely@littlerock.org
 

Mayor Mark Stodola: mayor@littlerock.org
 

Little Rock Board of Directors: board@littlerock.org

 

Read IDA's press release and complaint to the USDA here.

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