... From: Julia Sharp Mary Alice (remove 2 spaces) info @ api4animals.org (remove 2 spaces) [mailto: info @ api4animals.org]
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, Mar 16, 2004
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From: Julia Sharp
Mary Alice <moonflower.uk @ virgin.net> (remove 2 spaces)
info @ api4animals.org (remove 2 spaces)
[mailto: info @ api4animals.org] (remove 2 spaces)
Sent: Monday, March 15, 2004 12:12 PM
Subject: Ask Six Flags to Place Its Surplus Animals in Sanctuaries
Ask Six Flags to Place Its Surplus Animals in Sanctuaries
Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, a marine theme park in Cleveland, OH, has been sold. Cedar Point, the buyer, is an amusement park that does not host exotic animal shows, so the animals currently held at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, including tigers, dolphins, reptiles, zebras, and a killer whale, must go.
Plans have already been made to send Shouka, the park's young female killer whale, to Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, CA, where she will continue to languish in a barren tank deprived of a family group and natural ocean environment. Shouka's mother was captured in the wild in 1990 by a French aquarium and Shouka was born in captivity in 1993 and imported from France in 2001 to Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. Had she been born in the wild she would have lived with her mother and extended family for her entire life.
Sadly, Shouka's fate is sealed. However, it is not too late for the other exotic animals that currently reside at Six Flags World of Adventure to find a better home. The fate of the park's tigers, zebras, reptiles, and other animals remains uncertain. Oftentimes when exotic animal attractions close down, animals are merely auctioned off to the highest bidder, and may end up as exotic "pets," in a circus, in a roadside zoo, or at the receiving end of a gun at an exotic game ranch.
Six Flags recently announced that it has agreed to sell six park properties in Europe to a private investment firm for $200 million. Surely it can afford to provide proper placement for its surplus animals.
Please send polite letters to Six Flags' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kieran Burke asking him to "do the right thing" and send the Cleveland park's remaining animals to animal sanctuaries where they can live out the rest of their lives free from performing and being on public display.
Send letters to:
Kieran Burke, CEO
Premier Parks, Inc.
11501 Northeast Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73131
For more information contact Monica Engebretson at 916-447-3085 x 210 or at monica @ api4animals.org (remove 2 spaces)
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