Stop Namibia From Exporting Rhinos, Elephants And Other Wildlife To Cuban Zoo
Namibia has announced that it will donate wild-caught elephants and many other species of wildlife to the National Zoological Park in Cuba to fulfill a diplomatic promise made in 2009. The animals will be taken from Waterberg Plateau Park and include lion, buffalo, black and white rhinos, brown hyena, spotted hyena, Cape eland, greater kudu, leopard, cheetah, caracal, and white-backed vulture. The animals are reportedly being captured now and the first exports will take place in early October.
The capture and transport is sure to be stressful for all the animals involved. Elephants’ profound social bonds make separation from their mothers and families extremely traumatic for the babies and remaining family members, causing enormous emotional suffering. Familial ties are so strong that females remain with their mothers for life; males leave the herd at about age 14.
No matter the country, elephants do not fare well in zoos, where they endure captivity-caused diseases, including painful foot infections and crippling arthritis, that result in early deaths. The most recent science has found that elephants in zoos die decades sooner than those in the wild.
Send a polite message to the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Washington, DC. Remind them that wildlife should not be used as diplomatic tools.
If you are considering traveling to Namibia and this action would affect your decision, please state that in the message.
Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in the U.S.:
1605 New Hampshire Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20009
phone (202) 986-0540
fax (202) 986-0443
Put an End to Unlicensed Puppy Mills
The proposed rule to close the “sight unseen” loophole is critical to ensure that people breeding and selling dogs are doing so with oversight, and to ensure that they can no longer sell thousands of puppies online and through newspaper ads without ever being inspected. It should be required that dogs in licensed facilities receive basic care. These are reasonable and essential changes that I care about. Please close the loophole on Internet pet sellers.
In order to ensure that the USDA continues to focus on the regulating of large-scale commercial dealers that breed or sell animals as pets, I encourage you to make it clear in the new language that the definition of “dealer” not apply to nonprofit animal rescue groups, as these groups exist primarily to find homes for unwanted animals, rather than to breed or trade animals for profit.
Tell the USDA to close the loophole that allows breeders who sell puppies directly to the public via the Internet, or by phone or mail, to virtually get under the radar and who don’t have to provide even minimum standards of care for their dogs that are required to sell animals to pet stores.
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166