We need your help urgently. Within the next few days the Zimbabwe authorities will decide whether to transport four to six elephant calves, captured from the wild and removed from their families, to zoos in China.
One of four Zimbabwe calves sent to Chinese zoos in November 2012 has already died due to the stress of capture, transport and captivity.
The standard of animal care at Chinese zoos remains far from satisfactory with facilities unable to provide for the needs of these baby elephants.
These animals were born in the wild and they belong in the wild.
Please urgently email the Zimbabwe environment minister, and the national parks authority using the contact emails below. Please politely request that the elephant calves are not sent to China and the authorities work with conservation organisations in Zimbabwe to rehabilitate these orphan calves back into the wild.
Minister Nhema Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management environment@...
Mr Edson Chidziya Director General Zimbabwe Parks Authority echidziya@...
Mr George Pangeti Chairman Zimbabwe Parks Authority pangeti@...
Dr Hilary Madzikanda Chief Ecologist of Zimbabwe Parks Authority hmadzikanda@...
The decision will be made in the next few days, therefore please send your email as soon as possible and please ask your friends and family to do the same. Help us show the authorities that the world will not tolerate such gross exploitation of wild animals.
David Neale Animal Welfare Director
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