More Than 5,000 People Oppose Blackpool Zoo’s Bid to Display More Elephants

11 February 2016


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Concerned Citizens Join PETA in Calling for Sole Elephant Left at Zoo to Be Moved to a Sanctuary

Blackpool, Lancashire – Just days after PETA launched a petition opposing the Blackpool Zoo’s planning application to expand its elephant enclosure, more than 5,000 people have already signed the petition, which points out that elephants’ complex needs cannot be met in captivity and asks that, instead of expanding its elephant programme, Blackpool Zoo end the programme entirely and retire the sole remaining elephant to a sanctuary.

“Elephants are sensitive and highly intelligent animals who, in nature, roam huge distances every day with their closely knit families”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA is calling on Blackpool Council to prevent the zoo from sentencing more of these majestic animals to a life of deprivation behind bars.”

In zoos, social elephants are often forced to live alone or in artificially created groupings. The constant stress of captivity leads many to display stereotypic behaviour, known as “zoochosis”, such as rocking or head-swaying. Two elephants have died at Blackpool Zoo since 2014, and only one elderly female Asian elephant, Kate, remains.

The petition to end the elephant programme is supported by Councillor Tony Williams, leader of the Blackpool Council Conservative Group.

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