Born Free USA Blog
I have been writing, introducing, and passing legislation and regulations to help captive elephants for years. It is not every day that you can say your efforts helped kick a circus out of town. But that is exactly what happened last week.
All animals intrigue and fascinate me. Horses speak to my soul and cats, well ... I wear the title “crazy cat lady” with great pride and affection. But elephants leave me awe-inspired. It’s not their size — though they are truly imposing — but their incredible intelligence and profound sense of family and devotion to one another that speaks to me. Elephants are family-oriented creatures and are fiercely protective of their members. Did you know elephants purr when contented?
Imagine that you are a Basset Hound taken to a lovely trail as part of a Doggie Day Care outing. One moment you are romping alongside your doggie buddies, playing fetch with the folks from the humane society. The ball you’re merrily chasing travels a few feet off the trail and you happily follow it. You smell something irresistible next to the trail, and you lean down to investigate it. The next moment you hear a terrible “snap” and then ... you lose consciousness as you are strangled to death by a metal Conibear trap.
Last weekend, the owner of Panther Ridge Conservation Center, a so-called “sanctuary” in Florida, was mauled by two cheetahs while inside their cage. The owner has told the media that the attack was “not a big deal” even though she was airlifted to a hospital, admitted, and then reportedly treated for around 40 puncture and scratch wounds.
No big deal? I think many people would disagree.
It is not every day that you can write about a positive victory for the animals, but thankfully today is one of those days. We won our lawsuit to help protect Canada lynx from cruel and indiscriminate traps.