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Action Alert: Jenny the Elephant @ The Dallas Zoo

Jim Mahoney/DMNDallas Tx : BREAKING NEWS ON ELEPHANT JENNY–READ & ACT NOW, PLEASE

WE MUST STOP THE DALLAS ZOO FROM SENDING JENNY TO A SAFARI ANIMAL DISPLAY AMUSEMENT PARK IN MEXICO.
HERE’S WHY:

1. JENNY WILL BE ALONE AND ISOLATED IN MEXICO.

At the Mexican Safari Animal Display Park, Jenny will be completely isolated. Jenny is an African elephant and she will not be able to associate with the two female Asian elephants, who live there. Here’s why — Asians and Africans do not blend herds and do not associate well. Their behaviors and language are different. Additionally, African elephants in North America have been infected with a herpes virus that is fatal to Asians, so Jenny will NEVER be allowed to associate with the Asians. The Zoo is claiming Jenny the two females at the Safari Park will be company for Jenny and we now know this to be untrue.

2. JENNY WILL HAVE NO LEGAL PROTECTION IN MEXICO.

There will be NO U.S. USDA, Animal Welfare or Anti-Cruelty Laws covering Jenny in Mexico.

3. JENNY WILL HAVE A SMALL AREA IN WHICH TO LIVE IN MEXICO.

The sanctuaries who will accept Jenny have thousands of acres versus 4.9 acres at the Safari Display Park. The 4.9 acres is subdivided further, so Jenny may actually have far less than 4.9 acres. She may end up with a smaller area in which to live than she has now. We know the bull is presently segregated from the two female Asians. And, Jenny will be separate from them all.

By contrast, the Elephant Sanctuary (http://www.
elephants. com/) is a state of the art, 2,700 acre elephant refuge. It is the largest natural habitat refuge in the world.
PAWS Sanctuary http://pawsweb. org/ in California has hundreds of acres and is also a state of the art, internationally recognized facility. Both U.S. sanctuaries are excellent and Jenny should be able to retire to one of these and be in the company of other African elephants.

4. AZA ACCREDITATION IS MEANINGLESS.

The Zoo is touting the reason for transferring Jenny to the Safari Display Park it that it is Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited. The AZA is just a trade association. Their standards are minimal and voluntary. AZA standards allow zoos to lock a six ton elephant up for life in a very small space and that meets AZA standards. AZA facilities have been cited for breech of animal welfare law in the past, so AZA accreditation is no guarantee of quality of care.

PLEASE TAKE THESE ACTIONS FOR JENNY NOW!

1. CONTACT THE DALLAS MAYOR AND THE DALLAS CITY COUNCIL BEFORE THEY RECESS ON JULY 1. We must convince the Mayor and the City Council to stop this transfer to Mexico and send Jenny to an elephant sanctuary instead. Please keep calling them until they do the right thing by Jenny.

TELEPHONE MAYOR LEPPERT. Whether of not you live in Dallas, making a polite phone call is the most important thing you can do.
Here is Mayor Leppert’s contact information:

Mayor Tom Leppert
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street, Room 5EN
Dallas, TX 75201-6390
Main Phone: (214) 670-4054
Fax: (214) 670-0646
tom.leppert@ dallascityhall.
com

TELEPHONE YOUR CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE, if you live in Dallas.
Council contact info is available at:

http://www. dallascityhall. com/government/government. html

EMAIL DALLAS MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL, whether or not you live in Dallas.
You may email ALL at one time by copying and pasting the web address immediately below into your search field (if you click on it, you will email the mayor alone):

http://www. dallascityhall. com/government/government. html

2.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR TODAY!

We must keep Jenny’s plight before the public by gaining access to the media. Letters to the editor is our best option, as we do not have a PR firm like the Zoo does. Please write a LTE to the Dallas Morning News advocating that Jenny go to a sanctuary rather than to an amusement park in Mexico, where she will have no protection of U.S. animal welfare and animal cruelty laws.

Letters should be between 50 and 200 words. Letters are selected for publication based on their clarity and brevity. They require the writer’s name, city and telephone number.

Reference the DMN story “Dallas Zoo’s lone elephant to move to Mexican wildlife park” to get the best chance of getting your LTE published.

(http://www.
dallasnews. com/sharedconten t/dws/news/ city/dallas/ stories/062408dn metelephant. 3564425d.
html)

Send your letter objecting to Jenny’s transfer to Mexico to:

Letters From Readers
The Dallas Morning News
Box 655237
Dallas , Texas 75265

Or submit your letter online at feedback@dallasnews.com ..

HERE IS JENNY’S STORY:

On Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News ran a story entitled “Dallas Zoo’s lone elephant to be moved to wildlife refuge in Mexico” about the zoo’s controversial decision to dump Jenny, a 31-year-old African elephant, at a safari amusement park in Mexico . Since the death of Jenny’s elephant companion, Keke (39), in May, Concerned Citizens for Jenny has urged the zoo to send Jenny to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

The Mexican park offers an unnatural, confining exhibit of only 4.9 acres — a small fraction of the 2,700-acre Elephant Sanctuary, where Jenny would share a spacious, 300-acre natural habitat with three other African elephants.

It is shocking that the Dallas Zoo is moving Jenny to a distant facility in a foreign country where she will not be protected by U.S. animal welfare and anti-cruelty laws, especially when there is a nearby U.S. facility with hundreds of acres that is prepared to take her.

After being torn from her mother’s side in Africa at the age of two, she was forced into seven years of brutal training. Jenny has been at the Dallas Zoo for 22 years, where she has had a traumatic and troubled stay. Between 1996 and 2001, the Dallas Zoo medicated her with the tranquilizer Acepromazine because of aggression and self-mutilating behaviors. Federal regulators characterized Jenny’s long-term treatment with this psychotropic drug as “highly unconventional. ” In human health care, this is called “chemical restraint.

Jenny is an abused, emotionally fragile animal. She rocks back and forth, a sign of her extremely stressed mental state or “zoochosis,” caused by her living conditions in the Dallas Zoo, an AZA accredited facility. Jenny ekes out her existence in a small, barren prison at the Dallas Zoo, where she has nothing to occupy her time or her mind. The Zoo did not act in Jenny’s best interests in the past and they are not acting in her best interests now.

She is beyond child bearing age and emotionally unstable in a Zoo setting (including the park in Mexico). Jenny is not suitable to the Zoo’s future expansion plans. They are sending her in another country where no one will be able to track her and where she will be beyond our help.

In Mexico, Jenny will have no US animal law protection and she will be constantly viewed by tourists in cars. She deserves to retire to a world-class sanctuary where she may roam in peace with other elephants.

While African elephants in the wild are known to reproduce into their 50s and live into their 60s, in zoos they commonly die decades short of their natural time. In short, the Dallas Zoo’s decision is a matter of life and death for Jenny.

THE ZOO MAY SHIP JENNY TO MEXICO BEFORE THEY THINK WE ORGANIZE ACTION TO STOP THEM.
PLEASE ACT FOR JENNY TODAY!

IMPORTANT! If you live in Dallas and will consent to your name being listed as a member of Concerned Citizens for Jenny, please email me your name, address, phone and in which Dallas district you live. The more Dallas Citizens, who are listed as members, the more influence we have for her.

Here is a district map: http://dallascityha ll. com/governmen t/council/ adopted_map.
html

If you want to work with me to save Jenny, please contact me ASAP by telephone.

CROSS POST WIDELY, PLEASE!

Thank you.

Margaret Morin
Chair, Concerned Citizens for Jenny
Contact: dogs_good@yahoo.
com or 972 578 0370

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8 Responses to “Action Alert: Jenny the Elephant @ The Dallas Zoo”

  1. I live in Fort Worth, and ideas as to what I could do to help Jenny?

  2. Thank you for alerting us to this situation, we did the email to the editor thing in case you are tracking.

    gussie

  3. My heart breaks for Jenny. Off to write a letter…..hoping others will be moved to help her out!

  4. Has anyone had any feedback on the letters or emails?

    When is this schedulued to happen?

  5. I just saw the news on Channel 5 and learned of the outrage at Dallas Zoo! I for one have not been there since the debacle of Jabari and wrote them to tell them why I wouldn’t be back,now I am writing them to let them know that,if they don’t move Jenny to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tenessee(a wonderful place),I won’t be coming back to “dignify” them with my money and support,just like they wouldn’t dignify the protests with a response on-air. I will also be calling Mayor Leppert and my City council member as well as the Dallas Morning News-thanks for all you do,I will probably be calling you as well.

  6. The mayor’s office says its the zoo. The zoo says its so they can retain rights and being her back in 18 months for a new safari exhibit.

    When I calm down, I will call back

  7. I signed an online petition over the weekend. I received a reply from Mayor Leppert’s office today. I also contacted Mayor Leppert & the Dallas City Council through a THLN email I received today. I hope the Mayor & City Council listen to the citizens of the Dallas area who want Jenny to go to one of the sanctuaries. I also sent a letter to the editor of the DMN.

  8. I, unfortunately have just come upon Jenny plight. I dont understand why the Dallas Zoo does give Jenny the retirement she so richly deserves. She has served the Dallas Zoo and the people of the Metroplex for many years. It is time for her to go be an elephant with other elephants. It would be one thing if there was no other alternative. But there is. Elephant Sanctuary in Tennesee is a wonderful solution. Sending Jenny to a foreign country whose standard of living for their people is such that many, many are risking their lives to cross the river is a death knell for Jenny. You mark my words.

    I just hope and pray Jenny has not been caught up in some political zoo-to-zoo manipulations.

    C. L. Craig


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