Detroit Zoo Frees The Elephants

(5/26/2004) In the last week, newspapers across the country have been reporting on the Detroit Zoo's decision to close its elephant exhibit and send its last 2 resident pachyderms, Winky and Wanda, to an elephant sanctuary. The decision is notable because it is the first time a zoo has acknowledged that elephants are ill-suited for captivity and has voluntarily decided to put animal welfare above profits. According to zoo director Ron Kagen, "Elephants can suffer from similar things to what we suffer from when we're in difficult environments. . .

For us, there really is a big question about whether elephants should be in captivity at all." For more information on efforts to protect elephants and other captive wildlife, go to: www.cwapc.org.

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