IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare), RSPCA Australia and Humane
Society International (HSI) appealed the decision by the Environment Minister,
Senator Ian Campbell, to approve the import permits for the elephants.
“While we would prefer the import permits were refused, our appeal has
resulted in significant improvements for the elephants,” said IFAW’s Rebecca
“This result demonstrates the zoos plan did not meet the welfare needs of the
animals and proves that our groups were right to challenge the decision,” said