Dear Mr. Zoo Board, I am not your elephant or your friend.
I am an elephant and I want to go HOME. Home is not in a zoo. WAKE UP
Wake Up World and The Edmonton Valley Zoo. Use your voice before you forget you have one.
Lucy is really tired of living as the only elephant at the Zoo. Elephants live in herds with many, elephants. They are social, creatures who honor, love, and care for each other. That doesn’t sound like Edmonton Valley’s human-led vision is at the Zoo. They beat their chests and roar, “She is ours.” And the Supreme Court wave their prods and say, “Yes.”
Which brilliant Board member deemed her a people’s elephant. She wants to retire with the herd at the Sanctuary, 36 years of working at the Zoo is long enough. She has given you her heart with total compliance, holding up signs, painting, attending yoga, shaking anxiously alone at night, in a concrete cell. You took away a coat made for her, to keep her warm. You took and still are taking away her elephanthood. There are great animal scholars who will enlighten you. Be magnanimous, regain the compassion, you have lost. Regain your humanity. Wake up and the World will cheer you.
Lucy says she hates being an artist. Her passivity has been stretched to the limit. She wants a paint gun to hurl paint using people rather than canvas. Let me say this, Elephants are not artists; they like mud better. People, please buy art from real artists. Then read how they train elephants to paint through fear. As a society, I feel we should not create more fear. People learn where and how to find your soul and then look and find an artist, who paints from the heart.
Lucy is tired of playing Santa, how cute. The Dancing Bears have been replaced. How humiliating that the Zoo would even perpetuate this.
The most wonderful thing the Zoo could do would be to release Lucy. Maybe one day they will think like Canadians again.
I’m writing to Bob Barber who will find great joy in his heart to hear the news. Lucy screams,”I want to go Home.” And she does.
Make it happen.
This large collage, mixed media, took forever. I admit I was having a hard time until I discovered the peas in a Meals on Wheels catalog. A few weeks and endless hours cutting, pasting.and looking until I had it perfect. Finally, this is the message I need to send.