Free Juno & Savannah from the El Paso, Texas Zoo
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Your support in signing this petition is needed as soon as possible to give a voice of hope to elephants Juno and Savannah from the El Paso Zoo. They have been in zoos all their lives since they were captured and taken away from their natural habitat and families at the tender age of 3 years. They live cramped lives where their enclosures only permit them to walk a few yards; and the rest of the time they are swaying back and forth, which in a sign of boredom and mental anguish. You’d think that after El Paso zoo keepers were caught on videotape beating Sissy the elephant
with bats until her knees buckled and she fell to the ground, the decision to send Juno and Savannah to the Elephant Sanctuary would be indisputable. They are older elephants who deserve to and CAN successfully be relocated to an elephant sanctuary so they can see their last years in a place that allows them to have a taste of freedom and much needed space to roam. Be the much needed voice for Juno and Savannah and sign this petition which will allow Juno and Savannah the opportunity to be rescued from their prison called a zoo and to be transferred to an elephant sanctuary without further delay.
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There are a number of important steps you can take to further help Juno and Savannah:
1. Write to the zoo’s board of directors (elpasozoo.org) asking that Juno and Savannah be moved once and for all to an elephant sanctuary. We must keep up the pressure. Older elephants can be moved successfully.
2. Write to the chamber of commerce (elpaso.org) and the department of tourism (visitelpaso.com). Tell them that you are appalled at the conditions at the zoo and that it reflects poorly on the community. Point out that the poor living conditions for animals make the zoo unworthy of promotion.
3. Contact El Paso officials (elpasotexas.gov). Tell them that the zoo is a disgrace and leaves visitors feeling awful for having visited. Ask them why Juno and Savannah have not been sent to sanctuary. Demand that this issue be re-opened.
4. Spread the word! Write a letter to the editor of the El Paso Times to encourage readers to stop patronizing any place that uses or displays animals. This is an excellent way to educate countless readers about the grim life for animals in captivity. Review sites like TripAdvisor, Google and Yelp! are also great ways to reach a lot of people, as is your Facebook page if you have one.
5. Please do not go back to the El Paso Zoo or to any other animal display. As long as people continue buying a ticket, these displays will continue to exist and the animals will continue to suffer. It’s that simple. Talk to family and friends, particularly those with small children who may be inclined to visit. Ask them not to go.
6. Attend periodic demonstrations outside the zoo.
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