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Queenie The Elephant Is Dead: Take Action To Help Her Companion

Queenie The Elephant Is Dead: Take Action To Help Her Companion

Queenie the elephant was saved from abuse at a circus in 2009. In Defense of Animals (IDA) worked for two years trying to set her free from the circus owner’s property where she spent her days tethered to a tree.  More than 40,000 animal lovers, including those from Care2, signed petitions and sent emails to the USDA. Unfortunately, Queenie’s rescue did not have a happy ending. Instead of being sent to a sanctuary she was moved to the San Antonio Zoo where she spent four years living in misery.

Veterinarians euthanized Queenie on March 10, due to health issues. A 53-year-old female Asian elephant named Lucky remains at the zoo, living in isolation in the outdated exhibit she shared with Queenie.

IDA is calling on animal lovers once again to help Queenie’s companion. They are urging the San Antonio Zoo to retire Lucky and compassionately move her to the sanctuary where Queenie should have lived out her last days.

History

Wilbur Davenport operated the Maximus “Tons of Fun” circus. He was charged with multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act related to the care of three elephants named Tina, Jewel and Queenie. The USDA seized Tina and Jewel and placed them in a new elephant habitat at the San Diego Zoo. Once under the care of veterinarians each elephant gained more than 300 pounds at the zoo’s care center.

Because Queenie appeared healthier than the others, she was not immediately removed from Davenport’s property.

It took another legal battle to win the release of Queenie. Both the PAWS sanctuary in California and The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee were ready to accept her into their programs.

The USDA ignored IDA’s request to have Queenie go to a sanctuary and instead sent her to the San Antonio Zoo because the facility had an elephant (Lucky) living alone. The USDA struck a deal to place Queenie with her because elephants are social creatures that do not like living by themselves.

IDA warned that the zoo would find itself in “the same position as it is now—with a solitary elephant—when one of the elephants dies.” They argued that both elephants should be sent to the sanctuary.

Instead Queenie and Lucky spent the time in a small, outdated exhibit at the zoo; where they grew on each other’s nerves.

IDA said, “Compatibility issues between Queenie and Lucky ultimately led to intense stress and aggression between the two elephants in the zoo’s cramped exhibit.” The group worries the stress contributed to Queenie’s health problems.

Take Action

Queenie’s last years were heartbreaking, but there could be a more humane future for Lucky. Please sign the petition below asking the San Antonio Zoo to make the compassionate choice and let Lucky spend her final years in the company of other elephants at a sanctuary.

PLEASE SIGN: HELP LUCKY THE  ELEPHANT AT SAN ANTONIO ZOO

 

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7:25PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

We all know that Lucky needs to be with others elephants. Now...each of us has to send this to at least five friends and hope they will sign so the San Antonio Zoo gets the message.

9:37PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

signed the petition...Lucky needs friends; please send her to the sanctuary to live with other elephants

9:44AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Again, Rachel - I think there were two Queenies - the one you mention lived out a happier life at the TN sanctuary whereas the TX Queenie, who died more recently, did not. According to the information in this article: "...It took another legal battle to win the release of Queenie. Both the PAWS sanctuary in California and The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee were ready to accept her into their programs. The USDA ignored IDA’s request to have Queenie go to a sanctuary and instead sent her to the San Antonio Zoo because the facility had an elephant (Lucky) living alone..."

11:11AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

whoops didn't mean to send it twice

11:09AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Ugh guys, Queenie didn't die in San Antonio Zoo. She was moved to the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary in 2006 and died happily there in 2008. I'm just writing this so that there's no confusion and every has their facts straight. Here the link to the page: http://www.elephants.com/queenie/queenieBio.php

11:07AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Ugh, guys, I already wrote a comment about this, but Queenie didn't die in San Antonio Zoo! She was moved to the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary in 2006 and died happily there in 2008. I'm saying this just so there's no confusion about this and so you can get your facts straight. Here's the link: http://www.elephants.com/queenie/queenieBio.php

1:05AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

poor queenie and companion. petition signed!

5:46PM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

The day of the circus is coming to an end - but there are zoos around the world that play vital roles in research and breeding programs...much as we might wish that even that wasn't necessary. The new worry is that animals - particularly elephants - are being poached specifically in order to be shipped to zoos that want a cute baby creature as a drawcard. Furthermore, NO elephant should be kept in isolation (eg Mali in Manila Zoo), since that is not their natural lifestyle. Lucky should be with other elephants as she lives out the last years of her life.

10:56AM PDT on May 27, 2013

Howard E. - I appreciate some of what you have said re: conservation and zoos. However, do you know for a fact that the San Antonio Zoo is a good place for Lucky? Better than a sanctuary where she could roam more freely and with other elephants? Do you not think it is sad that these magnificent beings, along with other species, many of them, live long, boring, depressing and lonely lives in what most would consider solitary confinement? I think some zoos are better than others. There are zoos that still exist all over the world that should be shut down for abuse and neglect. At San Antonio - doesn't sound like they gave Queenie the possibility of living out her life as just an elephant and not a spectacle. I agree that circuses are cruel and while I'm not supportive of zoos, I'm completely opposed to circuses that use animals. However, the fact that elephants can learn to speak and paint only demonstrates their amazing intelligence and is not a justification for keeping them in zoos.

Je suis completement d'accord avec Sylvie A. Merci. (I completely agree with Sylvie A. Thank you.)

3:22AM PDT on May 24, 2013

Une fois sortie de l'enfer du cirque, cet animal aurait dû se retrouver dans un sanctuaire. Je ne comprends pas qu'elle se soit retrouvée dans un zoo où elle n'était pas plus heureuse. Comment se fait-il que des gens conscientieux et compétents ne prennent pas en charge des situations semblables ? Les animaux devraient avoir le droit de vivre une vie décente et l'homme devrait tout tenter afin de leur la procurer.

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