From the Animal Legal Defense Fund:

SEATTLE—Outraged citizens represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund are filing a lawsuit against the City of Seattle today to stop the City’s unlawful use of taxpayer dollars to support the Woodland Park Zoo’s reckless and illegally cruel treatment of its elephants. As a result of inadequate facilities, abusive management practices, longstanding intentional neglect, and breeding practices in callous disregard for elephants’ welfare, the Zoo’s elephants Bamboo, Watoto, and Chai suffer from severe and chronic foot and joint injuries, unexplained physical trauma and bleeding, and sustained psychological harm. Chai’s daughter, Hansa, died in 2007 when she was only six years old as a result of the Zoo’s practices. Plaintiffs Mary Sebek and Nancy Farnam—both Seattle taxpayers—brought their concerns about the misuse of city funds to support illegal conduct at the Zoo to the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), whose attorneys are representing them.

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