February 12, 2008, Seattle, WA – Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants (Friends) and the Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN) have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate the June 8, 2007 death of 6 year old Asian elephant, Hansa, at the Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) in Seattle, Washington. Hansa died from an elephant herpes virus. The groups are asking the USDA to investigate whether WPZ violated the Animal Welfare Act by repeatedly exposing Hansa to known sources of herpes infection throughout her short life. Young Asian elephants under 10 are most susceptible to the viruses.

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