OK I swear this is my last Anne post—for the time being. BUT LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. It’s Anne having fun in her new digs! If that doesn’t brighten your day, you have no heart and I pity your current and/or future spouses. Though I’d pity them anyway since marriage is a total joke and a failed institution. DUDE, I’m TOTALLY KIDDING. Let’s get married and adopt young children! In pairs. I want a nice set.
She’s in her 40-ton sand pit in the picture above and her enclosure is 13 acres. She’s also got a shallow pond! And lots of stuff to eat! According to the Daily Mail, “Yesterday, she wolfed down two bales of hay, a small mountain of grain, dozens of apples, countless bananas (she prefers them lightly browned), bags of carrots and the odd handful of wine gums, all washed down with gallons of water—and still had room for her favourite snack of banana or jam sandwiches, on brown.” Jam sandwiches! Adorbs!
The facility she’s at, Longleat, now wants to become the U.K.’s first elephant sanctuary: “Plans are afoot to build a custom-made elephant enclosure, with swimming pool, central heating, wading area, enormous sandpit, proper fencing and umpteen acres that would become the first port of call in the future for distressed elephants from Europe and further afield to recuperate after appalling treatment.” That’s DOPE. They are thinking they could house six elephants at a time; some for rehab before going to the bigger sanctuaries in the U.S. and some as permanent residents—e.g. BFFs for Anne!
These Longleat people are crazy and hilarious: “We need to stimulate her and make sure she isn’t bored. But we mustn’t forget that she’s an old lady. And just like any old lady, some days she’ll be in the mood to go out and charge round the shops, and others she’ll want to put her feet up and watch Loose Women on telly.” Ha! Wacky Brits. If you want to help build this new sanctuary by donating CASH MONEY, you can go to the Longleat site and click to donate from there. They are saying the planned accommodations will cost £1 million sterling to build—what kind of elephant enclosure does that buy?! I know the GBP dominate the currency exchange but I would think it would cost like 10 times that amount. BUT! I’m not an elephant-sanctuary-building-mathematician so what do I know! But you’d think an elephant sanctuary would cost more than a one-bedroom in Manhattan.
More good news: Anne arrives at new home, U.K. may ban live animals in circuses! »
Here’s a picture of Anne from the Daily Mail being greeted at her new home at Longleat Safari Park! She has a six-acre enclosure there, which is a far cry from the miles and miles wild elephants usually roam, but her arthritis tells me maybe that’s OK.
I am still so impressed by how quickly the people in the U.K. reacted to Anne’s terrible situation, and how quickly she was moved to a brand new home. Amazing. What’s more, it looks like Britain will ban live animals in circuses (dead ones, I presume, are totally OK). The ban hasn’t happened yet but Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is “minded” to pass the ban. The public shock of Anne’s treatment is the catalyst: “The tragic plight of Anne once again mobilised the people. From protesting on the streets, to lobbying MPs, the past week has been filled with cries for a ban.” AWESOME! I’m so jealous! Maybe we can just get the Brits over here and they can care about all the captive animals in the United States.
Anne the elephant is free from the circus! »
Yay! Anne is retired! You know I’ve been following the case of Anne, the abused elephant, very closely so I am glad to say she is officially leaving the circus! She will be moving within a week. Above is a picture of the Longleat Safari Park, Anne’s new home. It’s not an insanely awesome elephant sanctuary but it’s also not the zoo and she won’t have to travel very far so I think it’s great! I know the circus owners were like determined that they would only release Anne if she went somewhere that they could visit often. Um, yeah, maybe you could have done more visiting before, dirtbags. From the Daily Mail:
Following intense discussions lasting six hours, an agreement was reached between the safari park and animal welfare groups including Animal Defenders International, which obtained the footage.
The RSPCA, Born Free, the British Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Specialist Wildlife Services were also involved.
At Longleat, Anne will have three experienced keepers and an elephant specialist catering for her every need. Longleat has even pledged to bring in a herd of elephants to keep her company, if it is judged to be in her best interests.
I’m so happy for Anne! But I must remind you that there are many elephants in circuses in the U.S. and no one seems to be upset about their shocking abuse footage. I mean, the footage below has been out for years:
It’s amazing that the British people reacted so strongly and quickly to Anne’s plight—I wish that would happen here! I wish all the circus elephants were free! We have two elephants in the U.S. that IDA says are in need of dire rescue—read about Liz and Bimbo—but you don’t see them in the local paper. We should figure out just what made people react to Anne’s suffering so that we can get them to care about all the other elephants that are still being abused in circuses. Unfortunately, I think what made them care more is that they are not Americans. Americans tolerate so much violence against people, it’s no wonder violence against animals barely registers. But maybe I’m just cynical.
Go to HelpElephants.com to see ways you can help the elephants who are still in terrible situations.
Update on Anne the elephant: good news?! »
Yesterday I was totally bummed about Anne the elephant being abused but I’m feeling a bit better today! The Daily Mail did an update today and it looks very much like Anne will be retired from the circus! After public outcry regarding the terrible video of Anne being abused, an RSPCA representative and a vet specialist from Whipsnade Zoo visited Anne to assess her condition. They haven’t reported any information on her health or the condition of her severe arthritis yet but Anne’s release looks very promising!
There are a couple of great international elephant sanctuaries that have offered to take Anne but that may be a problem. There are no elephant sanctuaries in Britain and moving Anne could be especially difficult due to her health. She could end up at the Whipsnade Zoo instead of a sanctuary or the situation could be even worse, according to the Whipsnade zoological director: “Fundamentally, Anne can be rehomed and integrated with other animals, but it has to be done very carefully. The biggest and most important thing for her is she needs specialist veterinary care. Her physical state may not be very strong and a quick assessment of her arthritis may show that she is even so bad, she needs to be put down.”
But I think Anne is a tough girl! I’m not giving up hope. I hope she is strong enough to make it to a real elephant sanctuary where she can live out the rest of her days with other elephants and miles to roam. Below is a picture of some happily retired elephants at California’s Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary—one of the sanctuaries offering a home to Anne. Can you imagine her there?! That would be the best thing ever!