Send Ely the Neglected Elephant to A Sanctuary Now

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Raised by 599 people in 13 days
Created December 5, 2018
Ely is suffering at the Aragon Zoo, A sanctuary has agreed to take her. Please help fund her release and get her the care that she needs before it's too late.

Ely’s health is deteriorating.  
Her living quarters go uncleaned and littered with feces at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo in Mexico City. She suffers from osteoarthritis which is worsened by her concrete enclosure. She suffers from ulcerative dermatitis which is exacerbated by her constant exposure to the sun. She suffers from colic, an infected tusk, and a host of other health issues. The food provided to her lacks the vital nutrients she needs for optimum health. The zoo’s veterinary care is minimal at best, and they are doing little to address Ely’s health issues.

She was born in captivity and lived the first 25 years of her life chained as a circus elephant in the Vasquez Circus. In 2012 Ely was purchased by the Aragon Zoo. Ely now 32 years old spends her days alone in a concrete enclosure with no shelter from the sun. She suffers from stereotypic behavior and psychological stress. Ely is no longer chained but still a prisoner.

Saving Ely.
In 2016 OneProtest’s  Founder, Adam Sugalski was speaking at an animal rights conference in Mexico City, where he was approached by a concerned citizen about the well-being of an elephant named Ely being kept at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo. He was shown photos and videos of Ely’s condition and provided with a detailed history of elephants and other animals that have suffered and died in the zoo’s care. All the animals at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo are insured, should an animal die the zoo will be reimbursed, this leaves little incentive for the zoo to care for their animals. Adam knew he had to share Ely’s story with the world and so, OneProtest launched a campaign urging the Governor to step in on behalf of Ely; our pleas were met with silence. We contacted the zoo, but we were ignored. Our investigator continued to spend countless hours documenting the steady decline in Ely’s health and the neglect on behalf of the zoo to provide Ely with adequate care. We created a petition to free Ely which currently has over 228,000 supporters.

We are in the process of gathering the transport estimates and will share a detailed breakdown of the costs to have her moved soon. The name of the sanctuary will also be announced shortly. We don't want to compromise the integrity of the operation or Ely's safety. Once everything is secured, the location will be disclosed. All funds raised will go towards Ely's care and her transport to the sanctuary.

Don't Let Her Story End Like Poor Yupik's.
Yupik the polar bear, not far from Ely, recently passed away just ONE day before she was set to be released. Ely can't wait. The zoo is failing to provide the treatment she needs. She needs to get the sanctuary now. 

We now have a chance to obtain her release.

The government of Mexico wants to see that the sanctuary space is secured and that the transport is funded in order to approve her release. We have the sanctuary. Now we need to fund her transport. Please give now!

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I know you are all anxious for an update. We are working behind the scenes to secure Ely's release. As much as we would like to share the details right now, it is a sensitive and evolving situation that will take some time. We will announce the specifics as soon we can. Ely has long, lonely days in pain. Know that we are anxious to give her good news. Please keep sending her positive vibes!
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Just a quick update. We will release the name of the sanctuary soon. We don't want to compromise the situation being worked out or Ely's safety. Once everything is secured, the location will be disclosed. Thank you again for your support!!
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We are floored by the immediate and overwhelming support to #FreeEly!! We were not expecting such a quick response. We are gathering the transport estimates and will share a detailed breakdown of the costs to have her moved very shortly. Over 228,000 have signed the petition. That's barely a dollar per person to get Ely to freedom. Please continue to donate and share!
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Raised by 599 people in 13 days
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