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REQUESTING U.S. GOVERNMENT TO URGE ROMANIAN GOVERNMENT TO TRANSFER TANIA THE ELEPHANT TO SANCTUARY

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Tania is an Asian elephant at the Trgu Mures Zoo she is distressed and confined to only 90 sq ft with no adequate habitat to fit her needs. Tania has nowhere near the amount of space needed whether she is inside or outside, the place is too small for any elephant. Even 10,000 sq ft. is not enough for her. I am requesting that you urge the Romanian Government and authorities in control of her be made to let advocates transfer her to a sanctuary.

Due to extreme cold winters in Romania Tania is cooped up for six months at a time. This adds to the deterioration of her feet. No vet can correct this as long as she cannot move & will kill her.

Tania's insecure fencing is also a concern. If electrified it could kill her and if not she could easily bolt out and the public could be in great danger. If they are unable to provide the proper security for her it could result in her being chained and leading to mental anguish.

Signs of Tania?s distress by swaying and bobbing can be seen in these videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-egOg_ROYSw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar4xl_6BhEo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6ce99fZzg4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgeatP7qX-U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI__NLJsiPM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pisaO4v9FGM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLVJpFursU8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1Y95ZFBEJQ

This link is to give you an idea of the habitat size required for an animal this large: http://www.elephantpepper.org/downloads/Concept%20of%20home%20range.pdf

I ask that Tania be given the life every elephant deserves, one of freedom. Thousands of people are horrified at her treatment, and even though new, they are inadequate facilities for Tania. I ask that you urge the Romanian Government and authorities in control of her be made to let advocates transfer her to a sanctuary.

Yours faithfully,

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December 15, 2016
Kristina F. from Oroville, CA writes:
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Please give this lovely lady somewhere warm and wonderful to spend the last years of her life. The conditions she is living in are inexcusable! Please DO NOT "put her down" . This is not the answer! She can be transferred to a zoo that can take proper care of her. I would like to donate to the zoo that gives this sweet lady a happy place to spend her final years! Please do not let the conditions she lives in now be her final remembrance of what humans are like! Please let her experience some kindness and joy!
4 months ago
Lotta S. from Cambridge, MD writes:
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Please help Tania to a life, help get her transferred to a sanctuary? Her life has been a misery until now, please make the last years of her life worthy.
November 9, 2016
John B. from Las Vegas, NV signed.
September 2, 2016
Someone from Tacoma, WA signed.
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Someone from Renton, WA writes:
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I am writing to express my sympathy for Tania and urge the Romanian Government to free her. I am Romanian and I know the conditions animals are kept. I the the fate of the elephant who was tortured and murdered at Baneasa Zoo. I was little when my parents took me to Baneasa and I will never forget the feelings I had when I saw the poor elephant tided up with a chain ,banging his head. I learned that later on he died. Please free all the animals and close all Zoos from Romania.
August 2, 2016
Someone from College Station, TX signed.
July 29, 2016
Someone from Austin, TX writes:
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I am writing to day to express my deep sympathy for one of your captive elephants named Tania, who is held at Trgu Mures Zoo. I understand that many citizens of Romania feel that captive elephants are a curiosity that will make them money somehow. However, I feel strongly that capitalizing on the suffering of another sentient being is a grandiose display of humanity at its worst. According to Mahatma Ghandi, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." I would extend that to say how its wildlife fellow beings are treated, and would remove any thought that we possess them in any way. I urge you to ban these captivity practices for poor Tomi's sake and for the sake of all bears living in deplorable conditions for the amusement of people. Romania is a beautiful country and its culture should show it in the treatment towards its animals. Thank you very much,
July 29, 2016
Someone from Austin, TX writes:
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I am writing to day to express my deep sympathy for one of your captive elephants named Tania, who is held at Trgu Mures Zoo. I understand that many citizens of Romania feel that captive elephants are a curiosity that will make them money somehow. However, I feel strongly that capitalizing on the suffering of another sentient being is a grandiose display of humanity at its worst. According to Mahatma Ghandi, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." I would extend that to say how its wildlife fellow beings are treated, and would remove any thought that we possess them in any way. I urge you to ban these captivity practices for poor Tomi's sake and for the sake of all bears living in deplorable conditions for the amusement of people. Romania is a beautiful country and its culture should show it in the treatment towards its animals. Thank you very much,
July 27, 2016
Someone from Boston, MA signed.
8 months ago
Someone from Las Vegas, NV signed.