1.26.2010

Elephants Belong in the Wild by Crafty Vegan

The article below and the picture above are from the following link: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/10-worst-zoos-for-elephants/ Studies have shown that elephants simply don’t do as well living in zoos as other animals. Their life spans are significantly shorter than that of their wild counterparts, they’re prone to a host of behavioral issues and physical problems and the emotional ties they form with other elephants are often disregarded as they’re shuffled from one facility to another. Elephant experts like Daphne Sheldrick and Joyce Poole argue that elephants are similar to humans and there is nothing kind or educational about keeping these sensitive animals in captivity for the pleasure of curious onlookers, especially when they’re kept alone. In Defense of Animals (IDA) has released their 2009 list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants citing common problems including cramped living spaces, poor breeding, premature deaths, using circus training techniques and not having a positive impact on conservation efforts. Last year India took the lead citing similar problems and banned elephants from zoos. The nine top offenders in the U.S. in 2009 include the San Antonio Zoo (Texas), the Honolulu Zoo (Hawaii), the Reid Park Zoo (Ariz.), the Houston Zoo (Texas), the Topeka Zoo (Kan.), the Oregon Zoo (Ore.), the Bronx Zoo (N.Y.), the Toledo Zoo (Ohio), and the Brookfield Zoo (Ill.) The list has expanded from U.S. zoos to include the Toronto Zoo, along with adding the Los Angeles Zoo and the Woodland Park Zoo in Washington to the Elephant Hall of Shame for “repeat offenders who have made little to no progress improving conditions for elephants.” "The Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list shines a spotlight on the terrible suffering of elephants in zoos," said IDA president Elliot Katz, DVM. "It’s time for North American zoos to join India in recognizing that Earth’s largest land mammals don’t belong in urban zoos which lack the space and complex natural conditions elephants need. Zoos must follow the lead of the two U.S. sanctuaries that provide elephants with vast acreage in natural habitats and a far superior quality of life." Check out the 2009 list of the Worst Zoos for Elephants. If you live near one of these zoos and want to help, contact zoos@idausa.org for information. Also visit the Performing Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, in Northern California and The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee for ways to help.


3 comments:

  1. Do you have any idea what kind of situation elephants are facing in the wild today? Whether it is Africa or Asia, do you have any clue? I think not. They are being slaughtered wholesale in Africa for their ivory, a trade that funds the illegal arms business. In Asia they are killed when they consume farmer's crops because the wild range is being eroded for human habitat and human cultivation. Do you have any real first hand knowledge about how elephants live in zoos or is all your information from agenda groups like IDA and PETA?

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  2. I don't think first-hand experience is necessary to understand when something is wrong and should be erradicated. I don't understand if your comment is a criticism of the post or in favor of it?

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  3. I don't think any of these treatments are right. Just because the wild might be a dangerous place for animals (due to humans) doesn't mean that zoos and circuses are a better alternative.

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