AR-News: (US) Zoos tackle debate over care

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Mon Jun 28 09:27:55 EDT 2004


When Wanda and Winky, two female Asian elephants at the Detroit Zoo, are
transplanted, most likely to a sanctuary in the South, they may be the
first elephants relocated by a major animal facility for humane reasons.

"We now more fully understand an elephant's needs," Ron Kagan, director
of the Detroit Zoological Institute, said in a May 20 statement. "Just
as polar bears don't thrive in hot climates, Asian elephants shouldn't
live in small groups without many acres to roam. They clearly shouldn't
have to suffer winters of the North."

"The animal welfare ethic is emerging more prominently," says Wayne
Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States. "It used
to be that basically you were just showcasing animals for the visitors."
But over time, he said, we've "seen the mission expand ... to include
animals' welfare." 

full story:
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/health/ny-hselep283870396jun28,0,7060615.story?coll=ny-health-headlines

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