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Detroit Zoo To Free Elephants On Ethical Grounds  
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 45
Posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1846 times:

Gays can marry, babies can be aborted...but elephants can't be in a zoo...because of ETHICAL concerns?

Ooooooo K then.

Detroit Zoo to Free Elephants on Ethical Grounds

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By Michael Ellis

DETROIT (Reuters) - The Detroit Zoo will become the first major zoo to stop exhibiting elephants on ethical grounds because they can develop arthritis and stress-related ailments in captivity, officials said on Thursday.

The Detroit Zoo has one of the largest facilities in the country, but its Asian elephants Winky and Wanda still have recurring foot problems due to the cold weather, Director Ron Kagen told Reuters.

In the wild, elephants roam vast areas, live in large families, and exhibit some of the same social traits as humans such as forming friendships and mourning for their dead.

"Elephants seem to be intelligent and even social in ways that are similar to humans," Kagen said. "Elephants can suffer from similar things to what we suffer from when we're in difficult environments."

Confined to zoos and circuses, elephants develop physical problems and neurotic behaviors such as rocking back and forth and aggressive behavior, he said.

"If we don't feel like we can (keep elephants), then the question is, who can and how?," he said. "For us, there really is a big question about whether elephants should be in captivity at all."

Kagen likens the change to the decision to stop performances by elephants and chimpanzees years ago at the zoo because of the stress it placed on the animals.

The zoo expects to send Winky and Wanda to an animal sanctuary this summer where they can roam with other elephants.

"I think it is an enormously important precedent," Wayne Pacelle, chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the United States, told Reuters. "It should trigger the examination of the treatment of elephants in other zoos and in circuses throughout the country."

Other zoos have also given away their elephants because they had health problems due to inadequate faculties, Pacelle said. But the Detroit Zoo is the first with sizable grounds and adequate care to end its elephant exhibit on ethical grounds, he said.

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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

Glad to hear it. I never really have enjoyed seeing an animal locked up in a cage. Wild animal parks seem to be a better environment.

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

I agree. I like the idea of the Wild Animal Park in Escondido California. The animals have a lot of roaming space.

My concern is we are more worried about the spotted owl's habitat then we are orphans, the homeless, abortions, gay marriages etc... You know, the serious stuff.

User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1823 times:

If they are already suffering from the problems caused by captivity, the damage has been done. Let the little kiddies enjoy the animals. It's not a zoo without elephants.

And a sanctuary is just a bigger zoo. If they are so concerned about ethics, they'll release them into the wild back in Africa. As the article states, captivity can cause aggression, which will help them survive and protect them from their lack of mobility caused by arthritis, etc.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1805 times:

The zoo here in Anchorage has been having to put up with the same B.S. for years now.

But they haven't caved in to those animal rights people yet, thank god.

User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3586 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1804 times:

Maiznblu_757 - i don't really get the gay marrisage bit. people need to pay more attention to it? Have you picked up a paper? Turned on the TV? People are paying attention. You just don't happen to agree with whats going on. thats legit, but its also completely unrelated.

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