In researching animal rights organizations for “The Eyes of Thailand”, In Defense of Animals suggested I join their mailing list for the Elephant Task Force. This turned out to be a very serendipitous decision on many levels and in the short-term it allows me to share that on June 20, 2009 In Defense of Animals will host the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ). Demonstrations are currently scheduled for California, Oregon, Thailand, Spain, all over the globe!
Please check out the list of groups hosting demonstrations at: http://www.helpelephants.com/idaez_find_an_event.html.
Below is an email from Melissa Gonzalez, Elephant Task Force Coordinator for In Defense of Animals, explaining more details about the June 20th events. Please read it, sign up or start an event, and spread the word.
Producer, Writer, and Director, “The Eyes of Thailand”
Dear Members of the Elephant Task Force:
Thank you so much for your dedication and determination to help elephants in zoos and circuses. As most, if not all of you are aware, IDA has launched our first-ever International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos (IDAEZ) and is set to occur on Saturday, June 20. We are thrilled to have so many events confirmed throughout the US and others countries around the world, yet would like to have greater representation at other zoos where activists have not yet come forward to help.
In addition to requesting more events at zoos with elephants internationally, we are also asking activists located in the US and residing near the list of zoos below, to submit event forms asap. If someone confirms an event at your local zoo before you do, I will let you know the details and/or perhaps you can work together in a joint effort. I would be happy to put you in touch with activists in your area working towards our cause.
Dickerson Park Zoo
Roger Williams Zoo
El Paso Zoo
Little Rock Zoo
Reid Park Zoo
Seneca Park Zoo
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
If you live near the zoos above, or other zoos with elephants around the world, please help them by filling out and submitting our IDAEZ event registration form:
The following link contains all the events where we have confirmed events, http://www.helpelephants.com/idaez_find_an_event.html.
If your local zoo with elephants is not on the list, PLEASE, take action to help the elephants.
(Please note the Toronto Zoo in Canada is confirmed yet details are pending and due to be received soon.)
[Note: if you confirm an event on or before Monday, June 15, 2009, In Defense of Animals will be able to ship informational materials, pamphlets, etc.]. These materials will be posted on our IDAEZ homepage in next day or two: http://www.helpelephants.com/idaez.html
Please help make the International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos an even greater success for elephants by submitting the form today. We are accepting events up to and including June 19 yet prefer they come in asap. The greater number of events and participants at zoos with elephants translates into a greater number of people wanting to help them. Thank you for your time and consideration. We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do to help the elephants suffering zoos.
If you are involved with Facebook, or are considering it, I would like to invite you to join our Facebook Group, In Defense of Elephants.
Elephant Task Force Coordinator
In Defense of Animals, IDA
3010 Kerner Blvd
San Rafael, CA 94901