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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: animals
March 31, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Elephants in zoos: Not fitting for Seattle

Watoto, Woodland Park Zoo’s only African elephant, walks around enclosure before getting her bath in the elephant barn. Zoo officials hope to transfer Watoto and obtain an Asian female elephant, but the acquisition is not guaranteed. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times).

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 with

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0 Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Tom Ruszala, Woodlawn Park Zoo

March 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Cougar killings: Seattleites can’t lecture about living in danger

I find it hard to agree with letter writer David Glenn’s willingness to dismiss the concerns that people in Twisp have about cougars near their town [“Attacks happen when living close to nature,” Northwest Voices, March 24]. From his comfortable and rather smug perch in Seattle, he lectures the people of Twisp about the…

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0 Comments | More in animals | Topics: Charles Pluckhahn, Cougars, David Glenn

March 24, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Cougar preservation: Attacks happen when living close to nature

Yet again, encroaching humans are blaming and punishing animals for acting like animals [“Methow’s winter of cougar killings stirs discontent,” Local News, March 23]. People of Twisp: Have you lost your sense of geography? Do you not realize where you are? You chose to live away from cities, opting for remoteness and nature, then…

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0 Comments | More in animals | Topics: Cougars, David Glenn, Methow Valley

March 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Thank you for making a difference for Woodland Park Zoo elephants

If media can change people’s opinion, then your editorial might just do that for our three unfortunate elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].

Your voice reflects wisdom and justice for doing the right thing. For example, having artificially inseminated Chai 112 times is both unjust and a disgrace.

Will the new Seattle Mayor Ed Murray echo your wise opinion to retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary? I hope so.
Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo elephants are indeed true friends who tirelessly work to free them. They do not believe in exploiting them for profit, as the zoo does. Their lawsuit and your editorial will be a wake-up call for the zoo board to finally change its mind and let them go.

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March 22, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Elephants are at home at Woodland Park Zoo

I would like to know why The Seattle Times is so invested in sending the Woodland Park Zoo elephants away from their home [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].  It is one thing to print an article or series, but the editors seem determined to send the girls away.

It truly would be akin to taking your dog and sending him to a wolf sanctuary. Like your dog, the zoo elephants would not only have to find their place in a new pack (herd), with its own pecking order, but they would miss the place they have lived for decades and the people whom they love and who love them.

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March 21, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Animals are not commodities, retire zoo elephants

Corrected version

Elephants do not belong in zoos [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].

Neither do giraffes, lions, hyenas or any other wild animal. Bringing children to a zoo does not stir support for wildlife conservation. It teaches them that animals are commodities to stare at or throw peanuts to, rather than sentient beings that suffer and feel pain.

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0 Comments | More in animals, Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: animals, Elephant Sanctuary, elephants

March 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Thanks for supporting salmon recovery

We disagree with the guest editorial by Timothy Male [“U.S. is overspending to save salmon,” Opinion, March 18].

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with the other members of the Washington state congressional delegation, should be commended for their ongoing support of salmon recovery.

Salmon are a critical component of Pacific Coast ecosystems and of our cultural heritage. They are a focus for recreation, and have supported rural communities stretching from Northern California to Alaska for generations.

Our federal government made promises to Northwest Indian tribes through treaties guaranteeing access to fish indefinitely, and rivers without fish amount to empty promises.

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0 Comments | More in animals, Environment | Topics: salmon, salmon recovery

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