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September 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM
Panel is trivializing damage
The report recently issued by the Woodland Park Zoo elephant task force’s “expert panel” was predictably disappointing. [“Experts suggest changes for zoo’s elephants,” NW Thursday, Aug. 29.]
By opting to use innocuous terms such as “reduced joint mobility” and “occasional foot cracks,” instead of the more accurate “captivity-related arthritis” and “chronic foot infections” (both causes of premature death in zoo elephants), the panel has obviously chosen to trivialize and whitewash the shocking physical deterioration of the zoo’s three surviving elephants.
The Seattle City Council made a terrible mistake by allowing the zoo to control this task force. The result is a rubber-stamp committee of mostly current and former zoo board members and industry insiders, blindly loyal to the zoo and utterly disinterested in examining the profound damage that decades of inhumane confinement have had on the zoo’s elephants.
The Seattle City Council should remedy its mistake by forming a truly independent and objective task force.
Nancy Farnam, Edmonds
May 29, 2013 at 7:02 AM
Task force is necessary
A Northwest Voices letter in regard to the article “End the culture of silence about sexual assaults in the military” stated that a task force is unnecessary and that the reason for sexual assault in the military is due to a lack of leadership [“Task force is unnecessary,” Northwest Voices, May 23].
I agree with this latter point; there is no excuse for sexual assault to continue in the military and society at large. Leadership should have addressed this long ago.
The writer calls for tough decisions to be made, but closes by saying that we don’t need a group of experts to tell us these truths. Clearly we do because leadership has failed and will continue to fail until someone or something makes protecting the men and women who serve our country a priority.
What is currently driving leaders to action? Sexual assault and harassment have been rising in the military since it was brought to the public’s attention more than 20 years ago. Clearly “bad publicity” is not enough of a deterrent to change the culture. It’s sad that we need a group of experts to lay out a plan to stop sexual abuse in the military.
Theressa Kennedy, Seattle
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