Help free Minnie from a traveling circus
Minnie is a wild-born elephant who has been held captive and exploited for over three decades under threat of a bullhook by a traveling circus called the Commerford Zoo.
The elephants held captive and exploited with her, Beulah and Karen, died in September and March of 2019 respectively. Minnie is now the sole surviving elephant in the Commerford Zoo, which the USDA has cited more than 50 times for violating minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act. The Commerford Zoo still forces her to give rides despite the physical and emotional harm this is known to cause and despite documented incidents in which she has attacked her handlers and members of the public, as traumatized elephants often do.
But she still has the opportunity to heal and live freely. Both The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s ARK 2000 sanctuary have offered to provide her with lifetime care at no cost to the Commerford Zoo. Because Minnie is now without the company of other elephants and remains in an environment radically unsuited to elephant well-being, the need for her release is more urgent than ever.
For Minnie’s sake and in honor of Beulah and Karen, we are demanding Minnie’s immediate release to a sanctuary where she will be able to live freely for the first time in years.
How you can help:
Sign and share our Change.org petition urging the Commerford Zoo to release Minnie to a sanctuary.
Send a short, polite email to the Commerford Zoo at firstname.lastname@example.org, urging them to release Minnie to a sanctuary.
Urge Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Katie Dykes to launch an investigation into Minnie’s welfare.
Complete this action alert asking Connecticut State Representative Maria Horn and Connecticut State Senator Craig Miner to publicly urge the Commerford Zoo to send Minnie to a sanctuary and to take legislative action to prohibit the keeping of elephants in captivity in Connecticut (US only; international residents copy and paste from this Google Doc).
Connecticut residents: contact your state representatives and ask them to publicly call on the Commerford Zoo to release Minnie to a sanctuary.
Email email@example.com to join or organize a rally when the Commerford Zoo comes to your area.
Help share the elephants’ stories by posting about our campaign on social media with the hashtags #FreeTheCommerfordElephants and #RumbleForRights.
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“- Laurence Anthony
Perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”