Lily Tomlin and FOWPZE Lily Tomlin and FOWPZE

Lily Tomlin and FOWPZE

Lily Tomlin appeared at a press release in Seattle on Monday, by invitation of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants. We appreciate everyone who made this event such a wonderful success.

Cathy Sorbo wrote a great column in the Seattle Post Globe, entitled Zoo Directors in Denial. Here’s an excerpt:

The directors at the Woodland Park Zoo have long been in denial about the utter wrongness of keeping elephants captive on the zoo’s partitioned acre, and continued pleas to emancipate them (cost-free) to a 2,700-acre sanctuary in Tennessee have been met with defiance, excuses and refusal to give the animals up.

On April 27, Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants were able to organize a press conference at the Phinney Ridge Community Center with with Catherine Doyle (head of In Defense of Animals) and activist/actress Lily Tomlin who has been a vocal advocate for the release of zoo elephants for some time.

The message was simple: elephants are dying prematurely in zoos due to their inability to roam great distances. They suffer with the deadly herpes virus, foot and joint ailments and neurosis. There is a place for our zoo elephants Chai, Watoto and Bamboo at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee and FWPZE are doing what they can to raise public awareness needed to get these great animals to a place where they can walk, run and swim as was originally intended.

King5 has an article and video on the story: Lily Tomlin joins dispute over Seattle zoo elephants

From the Seattle P-I: Actress Lily Tomlin demands Woodland Park Zoo release elephants

In the Ballard News-Tribune: Comedian Lily Tomlin advocates sending zoo’s elephants to sanctuary

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