Help Stop Elephant Abuse at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo!
  • Petitioning Mayor Murray

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Mayor Murray

Help Stop Elephant Abuse at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo!

    1. Petition by

      Animal Legal Defense Fund

As a result of inadequate facilities, abusive management practices, longstanding intentional neglect, and breeding practices in callous disregard for elephants’ welfare, the elephants Bamboo, Watoto, and Chai at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo suffer from severe and chronic foot and joint injuries, unexplained physical trauma and bleeding, and sustained psychological harm. Chai’s daughter, Hansa, died in 2007 when she was only six years old as a result of the Zoo’s practices. A fourth Woodland Park Zoo elephant, Sri, who is currently on loan to another zoo’s breeding program, has endured the horror of carrying a full-term deceased fetus in her womb for over four years.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. Seattle Taxpayers File Appeal in Lawsuit Against City's Support of Cruelty

      Earlier this month, citizens and the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an appeal in their lawsuit against the City of Seattle and Woodland Park Zoological Society to stop the unlawful use of taxpayer dollars to support the mistreatment of elephants.

    3. Reached 5 signatures
    4. University of Washington published an article and a letter to the editor about studying the elephants at Woodland Park Zoo. Add your comment in support of releasing the elephants to a sanctuary:

    5. Reached 3 signatures
    6. Lily Tomlin Speaks Up for Captive Elephants

      I always enjoy hearing how celebrities use their fame and money to give back. It’s even better when the celebrity is a fellow Michigander, like Lily Tomlin.
      Tomlin has chosen to devote her spare time in a crusade against elephants in captivity. And...

    7. Spaceless in Seattle: Making the Case for Woodland Park Zoo's Elephants

      One of the saddest things is seeing an incredible, majestic animal kept in such dismal conditions that she's not only in physical pain, but losing her mind. At the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, you can see three for the price of one in their elephant...


    Reasons for signing

    • christina duncan SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 8 hours ago

      Animals deserve to be treated with LOVE, Dignity and RESPECT! Please stop this abuse that's happening in your own backyard!

    • staunzi bursell SEATTLE, WA
      • about 18 hours ago

      Elephants are amazing creatures. Zoo's do not deserve to be in business.

    • Melissa Corcoran BURLINGTON, WA
      • 2 days ago

      The elephants deserve better. Please stop funding and encourage the zoo to release these poor elephants to a sanctuary.

    • Kelly Chelucci VANCOUVER, WA
      • 2 days ago

      this is abhorrent

    • Sigrid Vernooij BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA
      • 3 days ago

      This cannot be!!! Disgusting and shameless!!!


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