Marianne Bessey via Crowdrise
November 20, 2011
Please join Animal ACTivists of Philly as we cheer those who will be "Running for the Elephants," specifically African elephants Kallie and Bette who currently are stored in a warehouse outside of Pittsburgh UPDATE NOVEMBER 2011 - Philadelphia Zoo officials allowed the long time pair (since 1999) to be split up to make room for three young elephants imported from Africa this summer. Kallie was shipped to the Cleveland Zoo while Bette remains warehoused at the Somerset PA breeding/holding facility.
Kallie and Bette, taken from their families in the wild as babies nearly 30 years ago, were offered a lifetime home at the wonderful Performing Animal Welfare Society in California three years ago at no charge. The Philadephia Zoo refuses to send them, choosing instead to leave them to languish in pens consisting of just a few acres and a cement barn, where they spend months on end every winter.
At least one member will be running the marathon for the elephants, while another will wait at the finish line wearing the elephant costume to help raise awareness of the status of Kallie and Bette, and the sad lives of all elephants in captivity along with the challenges facing elephants in the wild. We need other people to hold signs and distribute flyers to the crowds at the finish line (please bring your own sign).
The member running the marathon expects to finish between six and seven hours, which will be around 1 pm to s pm. Everyone who joins "Running for the Elephants" will receive a free t-shirt! If you're not in the area or otherwise unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the U.S. Friends of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, our sponsored charity.
See you there!