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But here's a virtual tour of the exhibit, and the primary reason why Ruth & Emily need to be removed to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN.
The City has spent $600,000 on changes to the barn. In order to eliminate the bullhook, and to switch to "restricted" contact, the City retrofitted the 32-year-old barn with steel bars--but now the stalls are just 17 ft by 40 ft. For an animal that is 10ft long, that means they can barely turn around. And Ruth & Emily spend 16 hours a day, every day, in the barn. For Ruth it is especially difficult to navigate the tiny doorway when she is lame on two legs. Further, the City's equipment is not able to adequately remove all of the waste-contaminated soil from the stalls. That's why we say:
The Friends of Ruth & Emily, Inc.,
a 501(c)(3) public charity & volunteer nonprofit organization,
is dedicated to retiring Asian elephants Ruth & Emily
from Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, MA
to a warm climate sanctuary to live out their days
in peace, dignity, and freedom.