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Benny


Animals  (tags: benny, smuggled, unprotected, circus elephants, neglected, investigation )

Simone
- 1711 days ago - ad-international.org
ADI was alerted to the case of Benny, an elephant previously with Circus Vasquez, by the office of renowned TV presenter Bob Barker, a great friend of ADI. Benny has been languishing in a Mexican government facility, Zacango Zoo in Toluca, near Mexico



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NoEmailsPls W. (95)
Sunday January 10, 2010, 11:11 am
You can help Benny!!!

1. Write letters to your federal legislators and ask that Congress conduct hearings on the lack of enforcement by federal agencies which allows circuses to play the shell game with endangered animals.

2. Write, call, or email the Minister of Tourism in Mexico and ask that Benny be returned to the United States, but not returned to the circus industry. He should not be living in a tiny space as an attraction for tourists.

Rodolfo Elizondo Torres
Minister of Tourism
Av. Presidente Masaryk #172
Chapultepec Morales 11587
Mexico City, Mexico
Tel. +52(55)30.02.63.00
Email: atencion@sectur.gob.mx

Contact Mexico tourism offices in the United States:
Mexico Tourism Board
21 East 63rd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10021
Telephone: 1-800-44MEXICO
Email: newyork@visitmexico.com
Mexico Government Tourist Office
4507 San Jacinto, Suite 308
Houston, TX 77004
Telephone: 1-713-772-2581
Email: houston@visitmexico.com

3. If you plan travel to Mexico, voice your disapproval of Benny’s situation. Try to get support from Mexican citizens and animal welfare organizations.

 

NoEmailsPls W. (95)
Sunday January 10, 2010, 11:18 am
Sent my emails to Contact Mexico tourism offices in the United States and Mexico Government Tourist Office and Rodolfo Elizondo Torres.

Here's what I said for those that wish to copy and paste it to save time:

Dear Sir or Madam

RE: Benny the elephant

Benny was seized when the circus that owned him, Circo Vasquez, crossed the border from the US into Mexico without valid paperwork. Stuck in a Mexican government facility, Zacango Zoo in Toluca, near Mexico City, Benny’s home is no more than a temporary facility, without sufficient space.
Poor Benny is another example of the large numbers of almost invisible animals lost in the US circus and entertainment industries, being shunted from place to place with nobody to protect them.

Please let Benny be returned to the United States, but not returned to the circus industry. He should not be living in a tiny space as an attraction for tourists.

I look forward to receiving your response.

Yours faithfully

[Name here]
 

JULIE ANN Z. (247)
Monday January 11, 2010, 2:59 pm
disgusting this animal is left like this.it is good he is free of circus but is not much better off. we need to leave the wild aninmals in the wild
 
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