Dr. Jane Goodall, the moral authority on animals in human care, supports the peaceful retirement of Bamboo and Chai to PAWS Sanctuary. It past due for Seattle’s Mayor and City Council join Kshama Sawant and Mike O’Brien in using their authority to honor the moral values of our city. The officials we elected to represent us need to pass an ordinance directing Woodland Park Zoo to retire Bamboo and Chai to PAWS.
April 22, 2015
I am writing on behalf of two special elephants, Bamboo and Chai.
Elephants are among the most intelligent of mammals. They have a complex social structure and form bonds that last for life. They need space, freedom to travel where they wish, rivers and water holes in which to bathe.
I have spent hours watching them in the wild and I feel great sadness when I see them in zoos. Many have suffered for years, both physically and psychologically, in inappropriate captive conditions.
I understand that Bamboo and Chai have the opportunity to retire to PAWS sanctuary in California. This provides optimal conditions for elephants rescued from zoos and circuses. Bamboo and Chai deserve live out their lives in this wonderful place where they can roam over a relatively large area. I urge those responsible to send them there as soon as possible.
Jane Goodall PhD, DBE and UN Messenger of Peace