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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