Kudos to The Seattle Times editorial board for trumpeting a clarion call to the Woodland Park Zoo on behalf of Chai and Bamboo, the zoo’s elephants [“Mayor and City Council should ensure elephants don’t end up in another zoo,” Opinion, Nov. 19]. The Times handed Seattle City Council members an electoral mandate: ensure…More
You won’t hear the City Council or mayor admit it, but the fact is this: The City of Seattle has authority to compel the Woodland Park Zoo to transfer its two surviving elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to a sanctuary and permanently close its live elephant exhibit [“Learn from the death of zoo elephant…More
Thank you for the editorial “Taxpayers, Elephants Need Refuge from Zoo” [Opinion, Aug. 3]. The Woodland Park Zoo has launched a pretty new graphic ad campaign with the phrase “New Day, New Zoo.” The ad filled a full page in this past Sunday’s Seattle Times.
But it’s the editorial which gives the true picture of just how the zoo cares for its animals. The elephants have been and continue to be mistreated, and no tax money should go to this institution until it hasMore
The recent article by AP reporter Phuong Lee about the National Park Service reviewing its goat policy discussed the fatal and tragic attack on the hiker trying to protect his wife and friend [“Olympic National Park takes on mountain goats,” Local News, July 21]. The article didn’t mention that Robert Boardman valiantly tried toMore
Erin Heffernan’s article was amusing and interesting but she completely missed the most important point [“An idea that shouldn’t catch fire: Using a blowtorch to kill a spider,” Local News, July 16]: Spiders are good, and killing them is not a good thing. Exterminators are in the business of playing on spider-phobia and make…More
The Seattle Times’ recent article making it seem like the people who are raising buffalo for their meat are being good buffalo stewards is very misleading [“Where the buffalo now roam: Local ranchers help put them on the comeback trail,” Pacific NW Magazine, July 4]. Buffalo farming is a livestock industry and has nothing to do with saving our genetically pure Yellowstone buffalo.
There is plenty of room for the wild, genetically pure Yellowstone buffalo to roam and thrive, yet the war that reduced them to 23 individuals over a hundred years ago continues to this day because the ranching industry’s power and wealth hasMore
Not surprisingly, Jack Field, vice president of the Ellensburg Cattlemen’s Association, reports, “Cattlemen and hunting advocates contend that the northern Rocky Mountains, where wolf hunting is allowed, successful recovery generally mean that up to half the population must be killed to prevent them from decimating cattle herds and other wildlife.” [“Conservationists seek nonlethal wolf controls,” Local News, June 21].
While state Department of Fish and Wildlife and oversight legislators have had the wisdom to maintain endangered species protection for an iconic species whose call in the wild signifies the presence of every other species, and whose reintroduction after 70 years was described by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt: “[it] reconnects our historical linkage with the wilderness that is so central to our national character.” Scores of Washington state residents who strive toMore
Zoo’s plan won’t cut it for elephants
The guest column from two Woodland Park Zoo board members, “Woodland Park Zoo takes good care of its elephants,” [Opinion, May 13] shows how out of touch the Zoo is with science and Seattleites’ values. The zoo’s labeling of those calling for the end of confining elephants in zoos as “extremists” is laughable.
Are the Scientific American, The Seattle Times and 62 percent of Seattleites extremists?
The Scientific American stated in an editorial: “Confined elephants often spend their time standing around in cramped quarters. … These tortuous conditions inflict serious physical and psychological damage on such smart andMore
If it were only the guest columnist of “Are we creating a welfare state for ducks?” [Opinion, April 11] feeding the ducks, there would not be a problem. And creating a welfare state for ducks is not the issue. But the human population is growing and so are the number of people who feed ducks and…More
Animal experts and honest common sense all indicate that elephants should be allowed to roam free as the Almighty intended, and not be kept in a state of miserable captivity by a supposedly more intelligent species [“Woodland Park Zoo to expand elephant program,” Local News, March 28].
So why is Seattle, the center of sensitivity crusades, going along withMore