Originally posted on March 31, 2020:
Monterey Zoo in Salinas, California, is doing something inhumane and dangerous, and we need your help.
In 2018, two handlers were walking elephants Paula and Kristy to a location where guests would be allowed to feed them and otherwise interact with them. When Paula refused to keep walking, an employee “took aggressive action” with her. The elephant then “began thrashing the employee,” throwing them in the air and causing serious injuries, including a broken back.
The following year, both Paula and Kristy were dead. The remaining elephants at the facility, Butch and Buffy, were still forced into dangerous direct contact with humans.
In their natural homes, elephants roam immense habitats, cool off in mud wallows, and knock down trees and strip their bark. They live in close-knit families and have vast, complex social networks. They nurture their young and mourn their dead—just as Butch and Buffy must have done for Paula and Kristy. Just like us, elephants deserve to live free from exploitation, and we must reject the cruel, speciesist idea that humans are entitled to use them for entertainment.
Please sign our petition urging Monterey Zoo to close its elephant exhibit for good.