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Category: animals
November 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Animals in captivity: Echoes of Woodland Park Zoo elephants in caged UW monkeys

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…


Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Mitzi Simmons, monkeys

October 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Zoo elephants: City Council needs to up the pressure on the zoo

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…


Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Rick Hall, Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation

August 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Zoo elephants: Taxpayers should be upset on zoo’s use of funds

Watoto, the only African elephant in the Woodland Park Zoo’s herd is fed by Russ Roach out in the exhibit yard. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

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 has


Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Mariah Sutherland, woodland park zoo

August 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Stop demonizing mountain goats, increase public awareness instead

One of some 300 mountain goats in Olympic National Park faces a photographer on the Switchback Trail near Port Angeles. (Diane Urbani de la Paz / The Associated Press, 2008)

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 to


Comments | More in animals | Topics: mountain goats, National Park Service, Olympic National Park

July 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Don’t kill spiders based on fear

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…


Comments | More in animals | Topics: Erin Heffernan, Janet Wainwright, spiders

July 18, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Raising buffalo for meat doesn’t help stewardship of wild herds

Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

At Lone Boot Buffalo Ranch north of Ferndale, where John and Sue Muggy raise buffalo for meat, a mother and her calf are the picture of pastoral calm.

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 has


Comments | More in animals | Topics: bison, buffalo, Gayle Janzne

June 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Wolf control: Protecting crucial species

A gray wolf rests on the Colville Indian Reservation near Nespelem, Okanogan County. Eight conservation groups recently petitioned the state Department of Fish and Wildlife asking livestock producers to exhaust nonlethal measures to prevent wolf depredations. (Colville Indian Tribes, 2012)

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 to


Comments | More in animals | Topics: Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ellensburg Cattlemen’s Association, Idaho

May 16, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Zoo’s plan won’t cut it for elephants; not an extreme view

Chai and Watato in the Woodland Park Zoo’s elephant exhibit. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

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 and


Comments | More in animals | Topics: Alyne Fortgang, Beverly Marcus, elephants

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


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

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