We have just had the following URGENT ACTION request from our friends at Animals Asia.
Take a look at the disgusting conditions in which this animal is being kept. Do you want another six elephant calves torn from their families in the wild to end up suffering like this purely as a simple ‘attraction’ at a Chinese zoo ?
– If not, then please contact the Zimbabwe authorities to protest about them possibly allowing this by using the e mail links given below.
Time is very short – there are just a few days left at most –
***PLEASE ACT NOW AND SEND YOUR COMPLAINT****
Thank You – SAV.
We need your help urgently. Within the next few days the Zimbabwe authorities will decide whether to transport four to six elephant calves, captured from the wild and removed from their families, to zoos in China.
One of four Zimbabwe calves sent to Chinese zoos in November 2012 has already died due to the stress of capture, transport and captivity.
The standard of animal care at Chinese zoos remains far from satisfactory with facilities unable to provide for the needs of these baby elephants.
These animals were born in the wild and they belong in the wild.
Please urgently email the Zimbabwe environment minister, and the national parks authority using the contact emails below.
Please politely request that the elephant calves are not sent to China and the authorities work with conservation organisations in Zimbabwe to rehabilitate these orphan calves back into the wild.
SAMPLE LETTER TO SEND
Minister Nhema, Mr Edson Chidziya, Mr George Pangeti and Dr Hilary Madzikanda
I am writing to express my deep concern about the transfer of wild-caught elephant calves from Zimbabwe to Chinese zoos.
Elephant calves have a very close bond with their mothers and with their female relatives. The removal of calves from their herds in the wild into captivity is devastating. The young elephants suffer severe, unrelenting stress, which affects their physical and psychological development. Many calves die.
The standard of animal care at Chinese zoos remains far from satisfactory, with facilities unable to provide for the behavioral and physiological needs of these animals. Following the transfer of four calves in November 2012, one has already died at Taiyuan Zoo. The others are likely to become ill soon.
It is my understanding that more wild-caught elephant calves are awaiting transportation to China. I respectfully appeal to you to stop the transfer and to work with Zimbabwean conservation organisations to rehabilitate these calves back into the wild.
YOUR NAME and Nationality
**Send mails to**:
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management
Mr Edson Chidziya
Zimbabwe Parks Authority
Mr George Pangeti
Zimbabwe Parks Authority
Dr Hilary Madzikanda
Chief Ecologist of Zimbabwe Parks Authority
The decision will be made in the next few days, therefore please send your email as soon as possible and please ask your friends and family to do the same.
Help us show the authorities that the world will not tolerate such gross exploitation of wild animals.
Animal Welfare Director