They're all part of this week's Elephant related news that have been stampeding through the RFT
's inboxes. 1.
First up, the St. Louis Zoo announced
a few days ago that one of its Asian elephants, Rani, is pregnant.
Good news, right? Well, the animal-rights group In Defense of Animals
doesn't think so. Daily RFT
readers might remember
that our Zoo made the group's "Hall of Shame" for the confinement and treatment of elephants.
Now, In Defense of Animals
is complaining about the Zoo's "deadly breeding practices."
According to the statement posted on its Web site, the St. Louis Zoo is
making too many baby elephants too quickly.
unconscionable for the St. Louis Zoo to continue breeding
elephants, knowing full well that any infant born there faces a high
risk of maternal rejection, disease and death," says Catherine Doyle,
IDA campaign director. "The zoo's irresponsible actions have nothing to
do with elephant conservation and everything to do with maximizing
profits to be made from a new baby elephant. The Zoo should be
condemned by anyone who cares about the well-being of elephants and
their future on this planet." Daily RFT
call out to the St. Louis Zoo to hear its side of the story, but nobody
has called back yet.2.
Now, for an Auto Body shop bought a fifteen-foot Elephant and wants you to name it. The contest will raise money for BackStoppers
. Complete Auto Body and Repair
needs a name for its new elephant statue. The auto body shop is sponsoring a contest, starting February 1, which will allow people to suggest a name for the elephant for a $7 donation that will go to BackStoppers.Bob Barks
, the shop's owner, will also donate $1,000 of his own money to the police or fire department that sells the most tickets.
The elephant was bought from a company in the Caribbean, and struggled through a six-month journey to get to St. Louis. Apparently it's hard to find fifteen-foot elephants locally.
The elephant will make an appearance at the Mardi Gras parade, where she will be temporarily known as the BackStoppers Elephant.
The contest runs from February 1 until May 1, when the winning name will be drawn. The winner also receives a $300 bicycle.
What do an auto body shop, the St. Louis Zoo, an animal rights group, Mardi Gras and the Caribbean have in common?