Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants will join IDA (In Defense of Animals) for the International Day of Action for Zoo Elephants to expose the plight of elephants suffering in zoos worldwide.

This year we will “take over” the three Highway 99 overpasses by Woodland Park Zoo. We will be a live billboard for the elephants!

Where: Picnic Shelter #4 in Lower Woodland Park.
Across the street from the Green Lake Aquatic Center on Greenlake Way N, you will see a Seattle Parks Dept. sign for the off leash dog park, tennis courts, and picnic shelters.  Go up that (unnamed) road to the parking area for Shelter #4.  See maps: Demo street map | Demo location map
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Time: Noon to 2pm

In Seattle, Bamboo, Chai and Watoto, spend 16 – 17 hours a day locked in a tiny barn stall – the human equivalent of about a 4’ x 4’ cell.  This lock-up lasts about 7 months each year with one of the elephants being in solitary confinement.  Outdoors they are caged in less than 1 acre.  This confinement and traumas throughout their lives have caused serious captivity-induced ailments and psychological distress.

“Teaching our children that suffering is entertainment is just plain wrong,” says Nancy Pennington, co-founder of FOWPZE “getting our elephants to the 2,700 acre Elephant would be such a valuable lesson in compassion and selflessness”.

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