AZA Preprinted Postcard
Dated April 17, 1998

Dear Concerned Reader:

Thank you for inquiring about the relationship between the accredited members of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and circuses, relative to elephant management and conservation issues.

The AZA Elephant Task Force has been reviewing this issue since mid-1997 and soliciting opinions from not only members of the zoological profession, but also from PETA and Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) representatives. We expect that recommendations of this Task Force will be acted upon during 1998.

We appreciate and share your concern for elephants and their well-being.

Sincerely,

David L. Towne (Computer Generated Signature)

David L. Towne
Director, Woodland Park Zoo
President, American Zoo and
Aquarium Association


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