The Pamela Anderson Foundation
April 6, 2015
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan - President of the United Arab Emirates
Ministry of Presidential Affairs - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
As a mother, I have been deeply upset by the heartbreaking news about the 80 or so baby elephants who were torn away from their families, many even witnessing their own family's gruesome slaughter. These terrified babies are reportedly being held captive while awaiting sale to China and the United Arab Emirates, far from their homelands, where they will never see their families again and never have any semblance of a normal or happy life. I'm sure that you've heard the international outcry and the pleas that these elephants be released back to their herds. I am writing to you to urge you to do everything in your power to assist in the effort to stop such profiteering at the expense of wildlife.
At least one baby has already died following this traumatic capture. In the wild, female elephants stay with their mothers for their entire lives, while males stay with their matriarchal herds well past 10 years of age. Disrupting these complex relationships is detrimental to the species, further endangering a declining population. And kidnapping ruins the life of each individual.
You have the unique opportunity to intervene in this horror story. France recently cancelled its plans to buy and import up to 20 elephants who were heartlessly captured in Zimbabwe last November. Please prioritize the welfare of these helpless baby elephants by banning their importation into your country and ask the Zimbabwean government to join the 21st century by reuniting them with their families. Every compassionate soul around the globe will appreciate your kind-hearted decision.