Friday, August 15, 2008

Hope for a peaceful place for Jenny

NY Times' James C. McKinley Jr. reports on a sad debate surrounding the placement of the Dallas Zoo's "special needs" elephant, Jenny. 22 Years ago the Dallas Zoo took Jenny in from a traumatic life. Since, she has suffered greatly with post traumatic stress and depression - the details of which are too sad for me to write about. Then this past May, she lost her elephant companion and at age 32 and "pretty calm and relaxed," many want her to spend her remaining years in an elephant sanctuary that specializes in treating her emotional wounds. Activists and protesters feel that being with 17 other elephants in a 2,700 acre sanctuary is far better than placing her in an "African Safari Park" in Mexico. I agree. I truly hope that the out pour of support for Jenny and protests asking that she have a calm life in the sanctuary have some influence on the Zoo's decision. Let's keep Jenny in our prayers.

NY Times:
What to Do With Traumatized Elephant Stirs Up Dallas
Published: August 15, 2008
Beyond the debate about what to do with the elephant lies a larger struggle between zoos and animal rights groups who would rather see a world without elephant exhibits.

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