Animal Advocates of Arizona (AAAZ) Message Board › Victory: Elephants Released From India's Zoos and Circuses!
I have some wonderful news to share with you today. Thanks to a tireless and dedicated campaign by PETA India – and the continued support of compassionate people like you – the Central Zoo Authority of India (CZA) has made the decision to ban zoos and circuses across India from keeping elephants.
Elephants currently held in Indian zoos will be transferred to undeveloped areas controlled by the Indian Forest Service – and will no longer be kept in chains. This is a massive step forward in our efforts to end the captivity of animals in zoos and other forms of "entertainment" around the world. It is a ban that will be heard around the world.
Life in zoos for elephants must be frightening and confusing – and it often ends badly. In their natural homes, elephants form complex, lifelong social bonds and stay with their families for life. They travel vast distances – an activity that is essential for their physical and mental well-being – and thrive by caring for one another, teaching their babies how to survive, warning each other of dangers and sharing food.
Compared to an elephant's natural habitat, zoos – no matter where they are in the world – cannot and do not provide anything close to what elephants need. Invariably, elephants in zoos spend their entire lives standing or shuffling about in relatively barren enclosures, sometimes without even a blade of grass or a tree, sometimes all alone or paired with one elephant with whom they may not even get along. With their natural herding instincts frustrated, they go insane from the lack of exercise and social contact.
In recent years, PETA India have conducted investigations into 14 major zoos and have consistently found scenes of appalling suffering. The investigations have revealed animals who are deprived of shelter from monsoons or the blazing sun as well as hungry animals who are forced to forage amongst rotten food and garbage. At the Aurangabad Municipal Zoo in Maharashtra, a PETA India investigator found elephants confined to a small bleak concrete enclosure. All the elephants were kept chained, and one was tethered by both front legs with a spiked chain that painfully prevented him from moving more than a few shuffling steps in any direction.
The CZA's compassionate decision means that no more elephants will be forced to live out miserable lives behind the locked gates of India's zoos! On behalf of all elephants in captivity, we applaud this historic announcement and call on the rest of the world to follow CZA's lead and ensure that elephants everywhere are allowed to live without chains, free from fear and abuse. May I count on your help to push this initiative forward?
Thank you for caring.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals