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November 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Zoo elephants: Former director advocating to send them to a sanctuary

Watoto, an African elephant at Woodland Park Zoo, died in August. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Woodland Park Zoo’s elephants have never had a decent break their entire lives [” Should Woodland Park Zoo elephants go to zoo or sanctuary?” Opinion Northwest, Nov. 24].

At last, however, Chai and Bamboo have the opportunity for a better life. A chance still exists for them to spend their remaining years at a sanctuary in California, where space and standards of care exceed those at any zoo.

But zoo administrators, who claim to have “unwavering commitment to exemplary care” say they will deny them this opportunity. They plan instead to send Chai and Bamboo to yet another zoo, believing their presence would “inspire” zoo-goers to become conservationists. No credible empirical evidence exists to support this view. It is a self delusional mantra.

Seattle’s elected officials must be the voice for the majority of voters as well as for Seattle’s elephants on this critical issue.

David Hancocks, Carlton, Australia, director Woodland Park Zoo 1976-1984

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