Animal Rights Activists Kept Out of Zoo Elephant Meeting

Exposing the Big Game

Animal activists, media kept out of zoo meeting

SEATTLE — The elephant program at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is closing.

Animal rights advocates want those elephants sent to a sanctuary instead of another zoo, and they gathered Tuesday night to voice that opinion at the Board of Directors public comment period during its scheduled meeting.

But the media and most of those who came to speak never got inside.

“They wouldn’t allow the press in, which I find appalling,” said Lisa Cane. “It is a public meeting. I don’t know how they could lawfully exclude the press and other witnesses for the rest of the community who would wish to be there.”

People were puzzled by the fact that access was limited even though the zoo is partially funded by public dollars. According to the zoo’s website, “public funding sources provide 30…

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