Elephants

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pressure mounts on governments to stop baby elephant imports

16 October 2019

The Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ZNSPCA) has been denied access to the country’s captive elephants, reportedly about to be sent to captive facilities in China. This suggests that welfare concerns are being ignored. The ZNSCPA is constitutionally permitted to access any part of the country if they suspect cruelty to animals. An urgent chamber application for access is likely to be submitted today.

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Urgent Letter Regarding Import of Elephants to Pakistan from Africa

Suzi the elephant died at 31, still in her chains at Lahore Zoo, Pakistan

It has been reported in the press in Pakistan, confirmed by Punjab Wildlife Director Naeem Bhatti and confirmed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia that Pakistan has made an application to import 10 African elephants from Namibia to captive facilities in Pakistan.

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Urgent Letter re Proposed Export of Elephants from Namibia to Pakistan

Juvenile elephants were unlawfully taken from the wild to be traded

It has been reported in the press in both Pakistan and Namibia that Pakistan has made an application to import 10 African elephants from Namibia to captive facilities in Pakistan. This has also been confirmed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

Removing baby elephants from their families is increasingly recognised as an ethically and ecologically unacceptable practice. It is universally recognized that elephants are wide-ranging, vastly intelligent, sentient beings with a highly organised social structure including strong family bonds that can last a lifetime. Elephants also have basic needs for stimulating ecological and social environments, and for the freedom to exercise choice over their foraging options and companions. These needs cannot be met under captive conditions and elephants so deprived inevitably suffer from physical and mental pathologies.

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Indaba of Experts concludes that Elephants should not be in Captivity

Chairperson’s Summary Report and Recommendations

On 6 September 2019, the EMS Foundation, convened an international Indaba and Panel Discussion with national and international elephant behavioural specialists in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa, to discuss the issue of elephants in captivity and to develop a framework as well as policy guidelines for dealing with elephants in captivity.

The Indaba was the first consultative gathering of elephant specialists and elephant interest groups in Africa specifically dealing with elephants in captivity, the role Africa has in sending elephants into captivity and what we need to do to get them out of the metaphorical room.

In order to enable frank exploration of the issues and practical proposals, the Indaba was conducted under the Chatham House Rule and with a number of “ground rules” which aimed to ensure open, respectful dialogue, and maximum participation.

The overwhelming message was that elephants belong in the wild and must be returned to the wild in all cases where this is a legitimate possibility. Given whatwe know about who elephants are and the conditions under which they thrive, thereis no reason to keep them in captivity.

This Summary Report, which has been prepared by the overall Chairperson (Dr Don Pinnock) of the Indaba together with the Rapporteur (Dr Ross Harvey), provides a brief overview of the themes discussed and its outcomes, and is in no way reflective of all views articulated during the meeting.

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Open Letter by Elephant Specialists, re. Captive elephants and import of wild elephants for captivity

This letter, signed by 54 experts who “collectively are world-renowned authorities on elephant behavior, sociality, welfare, care and conservation,” was sent to US Fish and Wildlife today in opposition to any prospective imports of wild-caught elephants from Zimbabwe (or, by extension, any nation)

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