Archive for the ‘Elephants in Zoos’ Category

Zoo video lessons

SINCE it was released this week, the video that shows a young elephant at the Toledo Zoo injuring his handler has been viewed more than 20,000 times. Watching the attack is instructive in several ways. It also raises important questions. In the video, elephant handler Don RedFox enters Louie's stall twice. The first time, he's carrying treats for the 7-year-old bull elephant, which appears startled and ... Full story

Toledo Zoo visitor spotted elephant trainer in distress, called for help

911 tape suggests keeper's injuries more severe than first reported Toledo Zoo patron Jennifer Kohler and her family walked up to an exhibit hoping to see 4,000-pound Louie the elephant go through some training exercises, she told The Blade Friday. What the Findlay woman ended up doing instead that July 1 afternoon was to call 911 for help after she saw an elephant trainer - Don RedFox ... Full story

The world’s worst zoos

Some places you don't want to bring the kids. BOSTON – Unfortunately, when it comes to the worst zoos in the world, the stories are pretty much all the same: small cages and living spaces, unnatural surroundings of concrete and iron, under-feeding and under-watering and well, cruelty in general. However, some zoos go above and beyond expectations of horrible. Ever hear of a zoo misplacing a few animals? ... Full story

What about Maude? A recommendation

In Defense of Animals, an international animal–protection organization in San Rafael, Calif, has sent a letter to Central Florida Zoo CEO Joe Montisano, urging him to retire Maude, the zoo’s Asian elephant who is bereft since the death of her longtime companion, Mary. The group says that in the past, the zoo has indicated that when one of the elephants died, it would consider moving ... Full story

Help Give Queenie the Gift of Safety

In Defense of Animals (IDA) has spent the past two years following the lives of Tina, Jewel and Queenie, three Asian elephants that were part of the Shrine Circus under the care of Will Davenport. Davenport has been cited with multiple USDA violations and failure to properly care for the three elephants. Thanks to IDA’s work and public outcry, Tina and Jewel were finally removed and sent ... Full story

California Supreme Court Delivers Blow To Los Angeles Zoo

Taxpayer Lawsuit To Stop Controversial Elephant Exhibit Will Proceed Los Angeles, Calif. (December 17, 2009) - In Defense of Animals (IDA) is applauding today's California Supreme Court decision that assures a taxpayer lawsuit against the Los Angeles Zoo and its controversial $42 million elephant exhibit will go back to court for a full trial. The California Supreme Court denied a City of Los Angeles petition asking for ... Full story

Group urges closure of zoo's elephant exhibit

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 By Ben Bauman Topeka - Zoo watchdog organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) is urging the city of Topeka to close the Topeka Zoo's elephant exhibit. IDA recommends the closure as a necessary part of the city's efforts to improve animal welfare at the highly troubled institution, where several animals have died in recent years. In a letter sent ... Full story

Topeka Zoo Urged to Close Elephant Exhibit

Zoo controversy continues as elephants suffer in inadequate display San Rafael, Calif., December 16, 2009 – Zoo watchdog organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) is urging the city of Topeka to close the Topeka Zoo’s elephant exhibit. IDA recommends the closure as a necessary part of the city’s efforts to improve animal welfare at the highly troubled institution, where several animals have died in recent years. ... Full story

ZOO BOARD URGED TO SHUT DOWN TORONTO ZOO ELEPHANT EXHIBIT

In Defense of Animals Cites Unprecedented Death Toll in Letter to Board San Rafael, Calif. (December 10, 2009) - The international zoo watchdog group In Defense of Animals has sent a letter to the Toronto Zoo Board of Management calling for an end to the Zoo's ill-fated elephant exhibit in which four elephants have died prematurely in less than four years. At today's meeting, the Board ... Full story

Group says zoo mistreats lone elephant

Group says zoo mistreats lone elephant
Web Posted: 11/06/2009 12:00 CST Zookeeper Mike Huff sprays water on Lucky, the San Antonio Zoo's only elephant. A complaint filed with the USDA says the animal is being mistreated, but zoo officials say she is healthy and content. By Brian Chasnoff - Express-News A nonprofit animal-rights organization based in California filed a complaint ... Full story

Animal rights group files complaint against San Antonio Zoo over elephant treatment

07:38 AM CST on Monday, November 9, 2009 San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO – A nonprofit animal-rights organization based in California filed a complaint last week with the U.S. Department of Agriculture against the San Antonio Zoo, claiming the zoo's treatment of its only elephant violates federal law. "We are alarmed that Lucky is living in woefully inadequate conditions," said Catherine Doyle, a member of ... Full story
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