To the Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) for establishing measures to protect elephants and elephant care professionals at AZA facilities.
By September 1, 2014, elephant handlers will no longer be allowed to have free contact with elephants, meaning handlers will not
be able to be in the same space with elephants without some sort of protection for the handler. And no handler will be directly exposed to dangerous elephants. Instead, protected contact will be the focus of elephant management at AZA facilities.
Over the past 20 years 15 human lives have been lost and more than 135 injuries reported when using free contact methods of elephant control. No deaths and only one injury were reported at zoos that use protected contact.
Take Action: Thank the AZA for recognizing the need to protect humans in the pursuit of caring for elephants at AZA facilities.
Jim Maddy, President and CEO
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 710
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3314
Tele. No.: 301-562-0777