USDA Seeking Public Comments on
IDA's Elephant Petition

Speak out now to increase space and improve living conditions for elephants in zoos

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently seeking public comments on space and living conditions for captive elephants in the U.S. This important development is a direct result of IDA's citizen's petition seeking enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) at zoos and circuses, where elephants are suffering due to inadequate space, unnatural conditions, lack of exercise and social deprivation.

Zoos are mobilizing their members to write and defend the status quo. NOW IS THE TIME FOR EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT IMPROVING THE PLIGHT OF THESE MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS TO WRITE FORCEFULLY IN SUPPORT OF DRAMATICALLY IMPROVING THE STANDARDS FOR CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS (see sample letter below). Please submit your comments to the USDA by November 9th.

What You Can Do:

1) Please write to the USDA TODAY on the elephants' behalf!  The deadline for sending your comments to the USDA is November 9th.

Via Internet:

By postal mail, send an original and three copies to:

Docket No. APHIS-2006-0044
Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS/USDA
Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road, Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

2)   Express your outrage at Clara's suffering. Send this letter demanding that the new baby, her family and all the elephants at St. Louis Zoo be transferred to a sanctuary with the space and natural habitat elephants need. To have a greater impact, also call the St. Louis Zoo at (314) 781-0900 and ask to speak with President Jeffrey Bonner, and write to him directly at or at Saint Louis Zoo, One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110.

- Get more information on this USDA action.

- Learn more about IDA's campaign to help elephants in zoos.