03 June 2010

International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos

Lily Tomlin Wants YOU to Participate in IDA’s International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos!

“It’s time to stop keeping elephants in zoos, where they are suffering and dying prematurely purely as a result of their captivity in small and unnatural displays. That’s why I’m urging everyone to get involved in the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos on June 19, a unique outreach event that brings the world together to stop the suffering.”

Elephants are highly intelligent individuals. In the wild, they range tens of miles a day, living in large, tight-knit family groups and socializing with a network of elephants that numbers in the hundreds. Yet a typical trip to the zoo reveals just a few elephants confined in miserably small pens, where lack of movement and standing on hard surfaces cause painful foot infections and arthritis that often lead to premature death. Repetitive swaying and rocking, unseen wild elephants, is a sign of deep psychological distress.
The elephants need your help. Please join IDA and Lily Tomlin in putting an end to their suffering by taking part in the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos.
For more information on IDAEZ click here. You can also visit our special Facebook events page where you can network with other organizers and supporters.

In Defense of Animals, located in San Rafael, Calif., is an international animal protection organization with more than 85,000 members and supporters dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by protecting their rights and welfare. IDA's efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi, Mumbai, India, and Cameroon, Africa.

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