Elephants in captivity have been known to have numerous health issues including:
-lack of exercise, causing obesity
- standing on unnatural surfaces which causes arthritis and foot aliments that, in turn, often requires pain medicine.
-psychological damage from inactivity and boredom. Captive elephants who have psychological damage are known to sway, nod their head repeatedly and have other repetitive behaviors
-shortened lifespan: in the wild elephants can live up to 70. In captivity, due to stress, lack of exercise, psychological issues, elephants live half as long.
General Statement from Elephants DC on Elephants in Captivity:
It is eDC’s perspective that all animals should be left in the wild and released from captivity to sanctuaries.
Elephants need room to roam!
Historically, elephants have been managed through coercive force, such as chaining for prolonged periods and the use of “bullhooks” (see below for more) and electrical hotshots.
Infant Mortality Rate: Per the Seattle Times (2012), for every elephant born in the zoo, another two baby elephants die. This is triple the mortality rate compared to the wild.
BullHooks are used in both zoos and circuses to “train” elephants. The point or hook end is used to hit the elephant in its most sensitive spots, including behind the ears, head and legs to cause pain to get the “behavior” wanted. The other end is used as a “bat” to hit the elephant.
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In our society, jail is a form of punishment. So, I ask you, what crime did circus animals, zoo animals and your neighborhood pets, who are left tied or confined to small pens, do to deserve their punishment?
If you don't think this is cruel, go to your local jail and ask any inmate what it's like to sit in a cage all day. The plight of circus animals has been documented on www.circuses.com. Zoo animals suffer also. Wild animals need to roam free, and when confined, suffer from a variety of ailments. For more info, visit www.icanimal.org.
You can stop this cruelty by boycotting circuses that use animal acts and all zoos. As for your neighborhood pets, for about $100 you can buy a 100-foot roll of fence, 12 T-posts and build a 25-by-25-foot run.
- Harold Wilson
New Middletown, Indiana