Born Free USA Blog
by Will Travers,
Chief Executive Officer
What can you say about a big-hearted bloke who has rescued dolphins, tigers, elephants and more and whose parents once helped a lion cub from a department store by caring for him in their backyard and engineering his rightful return to Africa? You can safely say that he's got great animal instincts! In 1984, Will Travers joined his parents — "Born Free" film stars Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers — to form what became The Born Free Foundation. With knowledge, passion and compassion dripping from his every word, Will's blogs are sure to make you embrace our crusade to Keep Wildlife in the Wild ®.
Without a doubt there is one policy that all the prospective Dallas City Council Members (including those seeking to be newly elected to office this week) can and should unite over.
The future of Jenny, the elephant at the Dallas Zoo.
It doesn’t matter to me which political persuasion they lean toward; Jenny’s future should not be about politics — it should be about Jenny and what’s best for her.
And since the zoo quite clearly doesn’t have a clue (they were the ones who wanted to ship Jenny off to a Safari Park in Mexico), I urge the Council to accept what the real experts have been saying for months: Let Jenny (and her companion) go to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee where she will enjoy hundreds of acres of rolling fields and forests (the whole of the Dallas zoo is less than 100 acres in total). She will enjoy the company of a group of other elephants (24 elephants have been given a home by the Sanctuary) and she will benefit from the expert care of people who look after elephants 24/7 (and do nothing else!).
C’mon Dallas, lead the way! Reject the “old thinking” — every city does not have to have an elephant in the zoo — and show some heart.
Born Free USA says give Jenny a break!