Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Elephants Bound for New Zealand

13 March 2015

Categories: Homepage News, Elephants Campaign News, Zoo Check Campaign News

The Born Free Foundation is heartbroken to learn that the first of two elephants has left from Sri Lanka, bound for Auckland Zoo in New Zealand. This follows on from the sad precedent of elephant exports from Sri Lanka to the Czech Republic, South Korea and Japan in recent years. The elephants are destined to spend several weeks in quarantine on the island of Nuie in the Pacific before travelling on to New Zealand. The elephants left the controversial Pinnewala Elephant “Orphanage” on 13th March.

BFF had tried in vain to convince the Sri Lankan, New Zealand and Niue authorities not to proceed with this transfer, and had raised our concerns with the Auckland local government which is responsible for the zoo. We had offered to work with the authorities to rehome Auckland’s solitary elephant, Burma, to a suitable facility. Sadly it appears that, where zoos and their obsessive desire to keep elephants in captivity whatever the cost, we face a huge problem.

“The Sri Lankan and New Zealand governments have equally misjudged the public’s willingness to accept the indefensible transfer of elephants internationally for a lifetime of captivity. Compassionate citizens in both countries are outraged and Born Free will be working tireless to ensure that no more elephants are treated in this irresponsible and inhumane manner.”

Nonetheless, despite this sad news, we will continue and redouble our efforts to end the gifting of elephants by the Sri Lankan Government, to phase out the keeping of elephants in zoos and circuses worldwide, and to keep wildlife in the wild.

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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