Lily Tomlin Joins Effort To
Stop Hope, Maine Elephant Facility
Lily Tomlin is our newest ally in the fight to
stop an unsafe and inhumane elephant facility in Hope, Maine. She’s written to
Maine Governor LePage expressing opposition to the plan, and we now need Maine
citizens to back her up by telling your elected officials that this plan is not
good for the elephant or for the state.
The proposed facility, which will masquerade as
an elephant “sanctuary,” will bring an elephant named Rosie from a
circus-related facility where she is not performing to live by herself in a
tiny enclosure and weather conditions that will force her to spend most of the
There are grave human safety concerns involved
with this project that include a dangerously inexpert handler, unsafe and
inhumane training methods (including use of the bullhook, a weapon resembling a
fireplace poker that is used to control elephants through fear of painful
punishment), and the threat of tuberculosis, which is transmissible to humans.
The town of Hope may have approved construction
of the facility, but there are still hurdles at the state and federal levels.
That’s why we’re asking you to appeal to legislators in your state and in
IDA wants Rosie sent to a real
sanctuary, one with other elephants, acres and acres to roam, and expert
caretakers. But we need your help to do this.
Contact Governor LePage and ask him to oppose
this plan and to support sending Rosie to a true sanctuary. To email Governor LePage you must use this on-line form. You can also call
207-287-3531 and send a fax to 207-287-1034. Use the talking points in the sample letter below.
Contact your elected officals in Congress and ask
them to oppose this plan and to urge the USDA to deny a permit for this
facility due to unsafe and inhumane conditions.
If you haven’t done so already, please contact
your state representative and senator, urging them to oppose the plan and to
support sending Rosie to a real sanctuary.
Click here to find the contact information for both your state representatives and your federal representatives. Note that some of your representatives will not have actual e-mail addresses - they will instead direct you to their online web form to submit comments.
We are not providing a click-and-send letter
since your personal letter and phone calls will be more effective. Please
modify and personalize the sample letter below and paste it into an email, and be sure to identify
yourself as a Maine voter. Please follow-up with a phone call
to express your opposition to keeping an elephant in Maine.
For more info, contact Catherine Doyle: Catherine@idausa.org, 323-301-5730.
Sample letter to copy and paste into your e-mail,
Dear (insert name of Senator/Representative/Governor):
I was shocked to learn of the plan to bring
the elephant Rosie to Hope, Maine. I am asking you to do all that you can to
ensure this does not happen, as it is unsafe for the public and inhumane for
I love our state, but it is no place for an
elephant. Cold temperatures would force Rosie to spend most of the year inside
a tiny barn, which is harmful for an arthritic elephant like her. She also
would be held alone, though elephants are highly social animals. It is cruel
to keep them in solitary confinement.
I am also extremely concerned that the proposed
facility is unsafe for workers, volunteers and visitors. No one associated with the plan has the experience or skill needed to
safely handle a four-ton elephant. This presents a grave danger to anyone
working with or coming into contact with the elephant, including children. I am
also concerned that there is the risk of the elephant developing tuberculosis,
which is transmissible to humans. Rosie reportedly lived with an elephant who
carried the disease.
The best course of action is to send Rosie to an
established sanctuary, where she would have vast room to roam, the company of
other elephants, and a team of highly trained elephant staff. If the best
interests of this elephant were truly at heart, the person behind the Hope plan
would help make this happen.
Please protect the public and this elephant, and
avoid the controversy that is sure to befall our state if this project goes