And of course they should! Co-founders of the Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants, Alyne Fortgang and Nancy Pennington, have committed many long years to helping the elephants out of the cruel life they live at the Woodland Park Zoo (see ref: Seattle Times Glamour Beasts).
But a Seattle Times columnist, Danny Westneat, reported on one more aspect of this story — the animal activists were right! Elephants at Woodland Park Zoo, and zoos nationwide, should be retired to Sanctuaries where they can live in relative freedom, out of the rains of Seattle and the pressure of the zoo industry that has exploited them. While it’s not hard to believe that Fortgang and Pennington and their fellow advocates where right about the elephants, it is interesting to note the change in perspective about animal rights and welfare advocates. We are coming to realize that in most cases advocates are, indeed, right about the evidence of harm to animals that they are trying to communicate to the world.
Please write to Seattle City Council, King County Council and the Seattle Times Today to voice your opposition to elephant captivity in zoos and circuses. Here’s how from the Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants.
Furthermore, Alyne Fortgang will appear on Living Humanethis Sunday at 2:00 pm on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM Seattle.