Action Alerts

Write to the City Council -ask for Woodland Park Zoo Elephants to be Released

Please send e-mails, letters or faxes to all members of Seattle City Council members below, asking them to support the immediate release of the elephants to The Elephant Sanctuary. Even a single-sentence message like:  ”Send the elephants at WPZ to The Elephant Sanctuary” will have an impact.

Consider the following points when writing your letters on behalf of the elephants incarcerated at Woodland Park Zoo:

  • They have an inhumane amount of space (less than 1 acre), whereas they would have between 300 and 2200 acres at The Elephant Sanctuary.
  • They are locked up in a small barn stall 16 – 17 hours a day for 7 months of the year due to temperatures and wetness. At The Elephant Sanctuary, they would have 24-hour outdoor access all year long.
  • Many elephants with symptoms similar to the elephants at WPZ, have thrived at The Elephant Sanctuary with it’s hundreds of acres of varying terrain, fresh foliage, and water features.
  • The Woodland Park Zoo is managed privately but is still owned by the City of Seattle and overseen by the Parks, Neighborhoods & Education Committee.
  • Anything else that is important to you about the elephants!

All emails listed below:,,,,,,,,,

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council, Parks Committee Chair, 206-684-8801

Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council, Council President, 206-684-8805
Sally J. Clark, Seattle City Council, 206-684-8802
Nick Licata, Seattle City Council, 206-684-8803
Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council, 206-684-8804
Tim Burgess, Seattle City Council, 206-684-8806
Jean Godden, Seattle City Council, 206-684-8807

Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council, 206-684-8808

Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Council, 206-684-8800

Deborah Jensen, Woodland Park Zoo President, 206-548-2416

Or, write to each of the above council members at the following address:

[Name of Councilmember]
Seattle City Hall
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Or, fax them at (206)684-8587.

Take A Stand For Wild Animals In Movies: Boycott “Zookeeper”

IDA urges you to skip the new Kevin James movie Zookeeper. This comedy was no fun for the captive wild animals forced to perform, including a lion, monkey, giraffe, and an elephant. Even more objectionable is the controversial death of the giraffe Tweet during production of the movie, and use of the elephant Tai, whose cruel training was graphically exposed in a video in which she and other elephants held by Have Trunk Will Travel are shocked with an electric device and repeatedly struck with a bullhook, a heavy steel rod resembling a fireplace poker that is used to dominate elephants and inflict physical punishment. Wild animals have no place in entertainment and they suffer greatly for it. They are denied all that is natural to them and subjected to inhumane training that lasts their entire lives. Every ticket purchased for Zookeeper ensures that this cruelty continues. So please ask your friends, family and co-workers to join you in avoiding this and other films that exploit wild animals for entertainment.

H.R. 2210: Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011
Tell your Federal Representative and Senators to Support H.R. 2210: Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011 that would prohibit the interstate transport of exotic mammals for the purpose of trophy hunting or penning in smaller than 1,000 acres, and would also ban remote-controlled Internet hunting.

Sponsors: Steve Cohen, (D-Tenn.), and Brad Sherman, (D-Calif.)

Bill description: This bill would prohibit the interstate transport of exotic mammals for the purpose of trophy hunting or penning in smaller than 1,000 acres, and would also ban remote-controlled Internet hunting.

Contact your U.S. Representative

Contact your U.S. Senators


Read the full text of the bill and follow its progress here:

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