See ZNSPCA’s Zimbabwe Elephant Release

In October 2008, ten elephants in Zimbabwe were brutally caught, beaten and chained for training for elephant-back safaris.

Six months later, on a routine inspection of the “training facility” where they were being held, the Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ZNSPCA) observed a litany of abuse:

•    Elephants chained by one leg straining to reach food – the chains inflicted deep and painful wounds to their legs.

•    Around-the-clock chaining prevented socialization and caused immense stress.

•    Additional wounds caused by brutal training techniques.

•    Access to water and shade restricted.

•    A mother and baby chained and separated, resulting in terrible mental anguish.

The ZNSPCA needed support for the elephants’ feeding, care, rehabilitation, and release back into the wild, as well as monitoring their survival in the wild. IDA didn’t hesitate to lend a hand. But we couldn’t have been there were it not for the compassion and support of our members.

Check out these photos from the dramatic Zimbabwe elephant rescue:

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8 Comments on “See ZNSPCA’s Zimbabwe Elephant Release”

  • Darla McClain wrote on 19 November, 2009, 16:05

    I believe there is a special hell for these so called humans who inflict such cruelty upon helpless animals. It is up to those of us with some semblance of sanity to stop this. This cannot be allowed to continue. Whatever is necessary to stop it — DO IT!!!!

  • Lynne Russert wrote on 24 November, 2009, 10:12

    Thank you to all who helped release these magnificant animals back to the wild where they belong. I curse the greediness of humans who abuse animals everywhere for their own selfish benefit. We need to do everything and anything possible to protect all wildlife from the scurge of man.

  • karen wrote on 24 November, 2009, 10:12

    There are angels all over!

  • Cheri wrote on 24 November, 2009, 17:51

    Thank god !!! How wonderful that at least a few elephants have been saved from such abuse. Now lets pray that Queenie is saved and sent to a sanctuary! Also Ringling Bros. shut down!

  • Cinzia wrote on 11 December, 2009, 14:54

    Thank God IDA you exist! Thank you for what to do to help the elephants all over the World.

  • Lara Brower wrote on 11 December, 2009, 15:08

    Thank you!!!

  • susan wrote on 29 May, 2010, 22:39

    Thank you for putting the wonderfull animals where they can move and thrive without being put on display and abused for others enjoyment and money….your very kind and god bless you


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