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Protest marks year since baby elephant's death [Raging Moonbat Alert!]
Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | 6/6/2008 | CLAIRE TRAGESER

Posted on 06/08/2008 4:25:28 AM PDT by markomalley

Wind, rain and bitter cold could not keep five determined women from sending their message to Woodland Park Zoo: An elephant never forgets.

The women, representing three animal activist organizations, went to the zoo Friday morning to remember Hansa, the zoo's baby elephant, who died one year ago, and to protest the zoo's decision to once again impregnate Hansa's mother, Chai.

The activists claim that because Hansa died of herpes, Chai might also carry the disease and could pass it on if she had another child.

"If she has another baby and it dies, she won't recover," said Nancy Farnam, the campaign coordinator for the Northwest Animal Rights Network. "She'll never forget this. Setting her up to lose another child is unconscionable."

Holding bushels of pink and red carnations and a bright pink sign that read, "Hansa's Dead, Never Again," Farnam and the other volunteers waited at the zoo entrance for patrons to pass by.

"I heard there will be three different school groups here today," said Alyne Fortgang, another protester and the co-founder of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants.

When a group of high school students from the International School in Bellevue arrived, Fortgang leapt into action. She approached the group and offered each student a pamphlet and a carnation with an attached slip of paper that read, "In loving memory of Hansa."

"We want the public to know that the zoo is at high risk for herpes, and that they should demand that breeding be stopped," Fortgang said. "No more babies should die the way Hansa did."

Bruce Bohmke, the deputy director of the zoo, disagreed.

"They are not aware of the facts, or not using the facts accurately," he said. "About a month and a half ago, we met with these women and told them all about herpes, and that you can't pass herpes through artificial insemination, but that's not what they're saying today."

Bohmke said that contrary to the activists' claims, another baby from Chai would not be more likely to get sick. He also disputed Farnam's assertion that Chai is still grieving Hansa's death and will be inconsolable if another child dies.

"She's fine," he said. "After a couple of days, from what I've read, they move on."

Instead, Bohmke said that depriving Chai of another pregnancy is cruel.

"We care deeply for these elephants from the day they come here to the day they die," he said. "Any inference that we don't care offends us."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: elephant; herpes; zoo
Gee...sounds like they have higher moral standards for animals than for humans!
1 posted on 06/08/2008 4:25:28 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Holding bushels of pink and red carnations and a bright pink sign that read, "Hansa's Dead, Never Again,"

She's right about that, Hansa can only die once.

2 posted on 06/08/2008 4:28:17 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (We are going to get McCain or Obama, no ifs ands or buts. I know who I'll vote for.)
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To: Graybeard58
She's right about that, Hansa can only die once.

Thanks for the laugh, and getting these idiots into perspective.

Coincidentally, I'm re-reading and old book of my Father's, titled "Hunter."

By J.A. Hunter, it's about his life as a professional white hunter in Africa, in the early to mid 20th century.

He killed hundreds or thousands of elephant in his duties- some for trophies, but most because they were killing natives and wrecking cropland.

3 posted on 06/08/2008 4:43:13 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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To: markomalley
"The activists claim that because Hansa died of herpes, Chai might also carry the disease and could pass it on if she had another child."

WTF ??!!??

Herpes?

Child??

4 posted on 06/08/2008 4:48:16 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: markomalley

Maybe they’ll go away if we tell them that the elephant gets government food assistance and lives in subsidized housing. :)


5 posted on 06/08/2008 5:00:38 AM PDT by sig226 (Real power is not the ability to destroy an enemy. It is the willingness to do it.)
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To: markomalley

I’ll betcha a nickel they’re “pro-choice.”


6 posted on 06/08/2008 5:16:08 AM PDT by Toadman ((molon labe))
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I’ll betcha a nickel they’re “pro-choice.”

Sucker bet.

7 posted on 06/08/2008 5:17:22 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

With any good luck at all, the high school kids will think about the potential impact of contracting herpes themselves, and the impact that could have on their children. Not all good results follow in a straight line from the action that causes the result.


8 posted on 06/08/2008 5:37:46 AM PDT by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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To: markomalley

“If she has another baby and it dies, she won’t recover.”

vs

“It is just a blob of tissue. Abortions are no big deal.”


9 posted on 06/08/2008 6:37:19 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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>>>>>>”We want the public to know that the zoo is at high risk for herpes, and that they should demand that breeding be stopped,”

Wait a second here. How does an Elephant get Herpes?

Where was Bill Clinton.


11 posted on 06/08/2008 7:03:11 AM PDT by ktime
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To: knarf

It’s only a child if it’s not human. Haven’t you figured that out yet? Human’s have a “Choice” to have a “Procedure.”

Now, can somebody tell me how the hell an elephant got herpes???!!!


12 posted on 06/08/2008 7:06:15 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: markomalley

Give these nutjobs herpes so they can really complain about something.


14 posted on 06/08/2008 7:10:28 AM PDT by Pylon (Remember boys, flies spread disease, so keep yours closed.)
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To: markomalley

Elephants get herpes?

I guess that explains my exhusband’s mistress.

(Sorry-couldn’t resist)


16 posted on 06/08/2008 7:25:56 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: knarf

I’m treading carefully here, it sounds like they think the baby elephant was a baby human.


17 posted on 06/08/2008 7:41:36 AM PDT by Sparky7450 (Mistakes: It could be that the purpose of your life is to serve as a warning to others.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

She was sleeping around

ROTFL


18 posted on 06/08/2008 7:42:38 AM PDT by Sparky7450 (Mistakes: It could be that the purpose of your life is to serve as a warning to others.)
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To: markomalley
These three "animal activists" groups can blame themselves for not giving the elephant condoms.

Don't worry though, even if they die, they'll go to elephant heaven, remember animals are just like those Disney movies your reality is based upon.


19 posted on 06/08/2008 7:47:20 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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20 posted on 06/08/2008 7:50:29 AM PDT by Pylon (Remember boys, flies spread disease, so keep yours closed.)
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To: markomalley

If she gets pregnant, will they protest that she have an abortion?


21 posted on 06/08/2008 5:27:41 PM PDT by beaversmom
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