Sadly, the plight of elephants being imprisoned in solitary confinement at zoos and other unnatural environments continues despite the ongoing efforts of animal advocates throughout the world.
Perhaps, the heartbreaking story of Miyako the elephant is the one to incite the change that these exceptionally intelligent and social animals need and deserve.
Miyako, was only 6 months old when she was taken from her family in Thailand and transported to the Utsunomiya Zoo in Japan where she has been forced to live alone, in a dangerous outdated moat style enclosure, for 44 years.
The Elephants in Japan Campaign, the same group that successfully negotiated better conditions for Hanako, who was named the world’s loneliest elephant in 2015, is currently circulating a petition to help Miyako and other solitary elephants in Japan by demanding that legislation is passed prohibiting zoos from isolating them.
While 69-year-old Hanako tragically died in May of last year before the Inokashira Park Zoo could implement the hard-earned changes, Miyako is younger and still has a chance be saved.
According to the group, for Miyako, a successful outcome would include a much improved, enriched living environment with opportunities to interact with other elephants.
As per its website, The Elephants in Japan: In Memory of Hanako campaign works to ensure that Hanako’s life will never be forgotten and that her legacy lives on, by inspiring her fans in Japan and elsewhere to better educate themselves on elephant welfare. It also aims to expose and improve the living conditions of the many other captive zoo elephants in need.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO HELP MIYAKO AND OTHER LONELY ELEPHANTS IN JAPAN HERE!
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