Action Alerts

i Mar 26th by

Help Lucky the Only Elephant at the San Antonio Zoo

Lucky elephant San Antonio ZooFollowing the death of the elephant Queenie, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is calling on the San Antonio Zoo to retire the one surviving elephant at the zoo, and permanently close its elephant exhibit.
The zoo euthanized Queenie on March 10th, reportedly due to a health problem. This leaves Lucky, a 53-year-old female Asian elephant, alone once again. Lucky had lived alone prior to Queenie’s arrival, following the death of another elephant.
Please write brief, polite letters to the zoo’s director, Steve McCusker, and the Mayor of San Antonio.
Ask Mr. McCusker to act in Lucky’s best interests before it’s too late. Urge him to make the compassionate decision to retire Lucky to a spacious, natural-habitat environment where she can live her remaining years in the company of other elephants.

Mr. Steve McCusker, Executive Director
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Mary’s Street
San Antonio, TX 78212-3199
phone (210) 734-7184
fax (210) 734-7291
If your email directed to Mr. McCusker is returned, please resend to:

Urge Mayor Castro to exert his influence over the San Antonio Zoo to persuade the zoo to take immediate action to ensure that Lucky is sent to a more appropriate environment that can better address her needs. After more than five decades at the zoo, Lucky deserves to be retired to a spacious, natural-habitat environment in the company of other elephants.

Mayor Julián Castro
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
phone: 210) 207-7060
fax: (210) 207-4168



Shark Dies During Filming of an Ad for Kmart
Though the American Humane Association (AHA) certified the shoot and had a representative present, the shark showed signs of stress as actors jumped in and out of the pool where the shark was being held. Despite receiving adrenaline injections and oxygen, the shark died after being removed from the outdoor pool.
Kmart reportedly requested another shark after the first one died; the production company refused.
Karen Rosa, Sr. Advisor for AHA’s Film & Television Unit, told Reuters, “We honestly don’t know why the animal died. It was not being mistreated. It was not being harmed.”
This is just one more tragic example of how unsuitable and dangerous a production set is for captive wild animals.
A white-tipped shark has died of apparent stress while being used to film a Kmart advertisement in Southern California. Tell Kmart to stop using wild animals in all future advertisements.

Howard Riefs
Director, Corporate Public Relations
Sears Holdings (Kmart’s parent company)
3333 Beverly Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
(847) 286-8371


Brian Hanover
Media Relations, Sears Holdings