Seattle, WA – Animal advocates left a courtroom disappointed today after a King County Superior Court judge ruled the Woodland Park Zoo has the legal authority to transfer the zoo’s two remaining elephants to the Oklahoma City Zoo.
The Elephant Justice Project and Room2Roam, challenged the zoo’s claim of ownership over the elephants and their decision to transfer them to the Oklahoma City Zoo. They argued the City of Seattle is the owner and were hoping for an injunction to block the move.
Judge Palmer Robinson ruled in favor of the zoo.
Advocates, disappointed the elephants are not being sent to a sanctuary, say they won’t give up. “We try so hard,” said Alyne Fortgang, co-founder of the Elephant Justice Project. “One of the options will come through.”
The group plans to appeal the ruling and has a federal case pending.
The Woodland Park Zoo said they would not move the two aging female elephants until after April 8th.