Tucson: save the elephants petitionby Karyn Zoldan on Nov. 29, 2011, under Animal Cruelty, Animal News
Tucson: Elephants never forget
What a sad story and once again the Tucson City Council has no heart. Why am I not surprised?
The Reid Park Zoo is splitting long time companions Shaba and Connie after 30 years. Do elephants have feelings? Hell, yes. According to the Nature website — elephants feel joy, anger, grief, compassion, love, and attachment that rival our own.
“While there is a great deal more to learn about what elephants feel, such accounts are astonishing. They reveal a creature that weeps, revels, rages and grieves. They lead us to believe that the depth of elephant emotional capacity knows no limit. They are striking for they suggest that elephants act on feelings and not solely for survival.”
I have to wonder why the elephants are being separated when the original plan of expanding the habitat was to keep them together.
As with every encounter and endeavor, should we follow the money?
First the giraffes eat poisonous oleander and now the Zoo administrators are separating the elephants. According to a previous Tucson Citizen blog post in 2010, The Reid Park Zoo made the worst zoos for elephants list. Nothing’s changed.
A private citizen started a petition to keep the elephants together. Please consider signing it.