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Dr. Keith Lindsay, a conservation biologist with thirty years experience studying wild elephants in Africa with the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, stated: "Elephants deserve our respect and human decency, not confinement and control in degrading, dangerous conditions."
The decision to bring two more elephants has nothing to do with helping conservation of elephants in the wild as the zoo website states, and everything to do with profiting from them. Elephants belong in the wild not in a zoo. If it is the case that you are worried for Burma being alone, bringing her two companions is not the solution, rather transfer her to a shelter overseas which is the only option for her to have the happy and healthy life that she deserves. Having elephants in captivity is cruel, wrong and immoral.
We urge you to overturn the decision to bring two elephants to Auckland's zoo and to consider sending Burma to an elephant refuge.
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