Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants is joining IDA (In Defense of Animals) for this year’s Jungle Party demonstration for Bamboo, Chai and Watoto, the three elephants living on display at the zoo.  Jungle Party is the zoo’s largest fundraiser and we will be present to make the donors aware of the elephants’ pathetic lives.

We will also be protesting the composition of Task Force which the zoo formed after years of criticism over the elephant program, the two scathing Seattle Times reports and subsequent two Editorials calling for Bamboo, Chai and Watoto’s retirement to a sanctuary.  The zoo is concerned about its image and this Task Force is all about damage control.

All members of the Task Force were chosen by the Zoo.  Most of the members are financially and personally invested in the Zoo. There are the five current or past Zoo Board members—a clear conflict of interest.  Dr. Slinker, a Zoo Board and Task Force member, chose the Health Panel which is vital to the Task Force’s decision making.  He co-authored an op-ed in The Seattle Times in which he said the elephants don’t have foot problems (which they do) and should stay at the zoo.

This Task Force is all about assuaging donors not Bamboo, Chai and Watoto’s welfare.  It clearly shows the Zoo is concerned about their insistence on keeping elephants in their tiny display.

What:  Rally for Bamboo, Chai and Watoto
When:  4pm – 6:30 pm; Friday, July 12, 2013. Come for all or part of the time.
Where:  Woodland Park Zoo’s WEST entrance – on Phinney Ave N. at N. 55th, Seattle, WA  98103

Also:  Please come to all or part of the next Task Force meeting which is on Monday, July 22nd from 4pm – 7pm or 8pm (to be announced).  It will be held at the Seattle’s downtown library at 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104-1109 • 206-386-4636

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