These elephants deserve every chance to be free-not to cling to an unnatural existence in cruel captivity, literally thousands of miles from home, where their biological, physical, social, and environmental needs cannot be met. And, to be clear, American zoos have no right to display elephants, and we have no right to see elephants up close in facilities where the animals don't belong in the first place.
Yesterday, Born Free USA and Born Free Foundation submitted comments before the deadline closed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, urging alternatives for these elephants and for the import permits requested by these zoos to be rejected. Thousands of compassionate citizens did the same.
Elephant experts, conservationists, animal advocates, and thoughtful people everywhere know that wildlife belongs in the wild and that we have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep them there. The only thing worse than importing half of Swaziland's wild elephant population into American zoos is to blithely accept that there is no alternative to doing so. Where young, wild elephants are concerned-elephants who, in the wild, could live another 60 years-we must fight for them to remain free.
Keep Wildlife in the Wild,