Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants

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This list was issued by In Defense of Animals last month. San Antonio Zoo (Texas) Edmonton Valley Zoo (Canada), Buttonwood Park Zoo (Mass.), Central Florida Zoo (Fla.), Niabi Zoo (Ill.), Topeka Zoo (Kan.), Honolulu Zoo (Hawaii), Wildlife Safari (Ore.), York's Wild Kingdom Zoo (Maine) tied with Southwick's Zoo (Mass.), Pittsburgh Zoo's ICC (Penn.). San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Calif.) zoos elephants

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Baghdad Zoo Wants Animals

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It's bad enough to send animals to zoos, but to a zoo in Baghdad?? It makes me sick thinking about the animals already there (numbering 1,500 including lions and tigers.). Tags: zoos iraq No way.

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Controversial Elephant Death at San Diego Zoo

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An animal rights group has called for a federal investigation into the death of an elephant at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The Northern California-based In Defense of Animals called for the Department of Agriculture, which does inspections of zoos, to investigate Umoya's death. This elephant's shocking death is another tragic example of how elephants suffer in inadequate and artificial zoo exhibits," said Catherine Doyle, elephant campaign director for the group.

Toronto Zoo's Remaining Elephants to Go to Sanctuary

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Not only is Toronto closing its elephant exhibit, but the City Council voted to send the remaining elderly elephants to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary instead of another zoo. zoos canada animal sanctuary toronto elephantsThis is excellent news.

Boston Zoo May Close and Kill Animals

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I'm not a fan of zoos on principle. But I know there are good zoos and bad zoos. Unfortunately I think there are way more bad zoos than good ones. But even for a bad zoo, this is awful. The Franklin Park Zoo, a Boston institution that has drawn generations of city and suburban families, might be forced to close its doors and possibly euthanize some of its animals as a result of the deep budget cuts imposed by Governor Deval Patrick, zoo officials said Friday.

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Woodland Park Zoo and its Controversial Elephant Breeding Efforts

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An article in today's Seattle Times about Woodland Park Zoo's attempts over the last 20 years to breed elephants. Very controversial with organizations such as In Defense of Animals, PETA and the Northwest Animal Rights Network. The zoo claims it's to preserve the species. seattle zoo woodland park zoo captive breeding elephantsThey say it's cruel.

Calgary Zoo in Big Trouble

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We've written about the Calgary Zoo here before. To many people, the number of animal fatalities at the Calgary Zoo in newer years seemed very high. A hippo passed away following a long, horrible transfer from another zoo. A study released by the associations that accredit zoos across North America said that the occurrence of deaths was not a fluke. Woodyer wanted Lanthier to quit and for the zoo’s accreditation to be taken away.

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San Antonio Zoo Accused of Elephant Mistreatment

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In Defense of Animals has taken up the cause of Lucky the elephant, the only elephant at the San Antonio Zoo, alleging poor conditions and emotional distress. She has been at the San Antonio Zoo for 47 years. Tags: zoos animal cruelty Texas elephants What amazes me is Lucky's age.49 years old. Is this right?

Petition to Urge Japanese Government to Require Registration of Zoo Animal Handlers

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The Ministry of the Environment is in the process of amending the Japanese animal protection law. The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) has proposed that the Ministry exempt JAZA's members from the current requirement to register as animal handlers with local authorities. zoos JapanFrom the Petition Site. please visit and sign.

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Tiger Abuse at Chinese Zoos

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On Tuesday, state media reported that dozens of tigers and other endangered animals had died of malnutrition over the past two years at the Northern Forest Zoo in the Chinese city of Harbin. Workers, who later leaked the story to the media, buried their bodies in a 3-meter pit to hide the animals from authorities. Tags: zoos tigers china

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Questionable Practices at the Calgary Zoo

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Another animal dies at the Calgary Zoo and more questions are being raised about their practices. I don't track zoos, but this seems like an unusually high number of casualties. The Calgary Zoo is again under scrutiny as details emerged Friday about how a capybara, a species of giant South American rodent, died after becoming caught in a hydraulic door last weekend as it was being moved from one area to another.

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Calgary Zoo Feeling Economic Pressure

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Dr. Clement Lanthier, Calgary Zoo president and CEO (is this a corporation??) Lanthier, a veterinarian and walrus researcher who took the helm in Calgary two years ago, says the cancellation of the polar bears exhibit might please some animal-rights extremists, but the reality is a blow to Canada's white bears. It's off the table until somebody comes to the zoo and says, I want this and I'm willing to pay," said Lanthier.

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San Francisco Zoo Struggles After Tiger Attack

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Things have been tough at the San Francisco Zoo after Tatiana the Siberian tiger attacked those three people in 2007. Here's an article that explains the hard times the Zoo has faced since then. The attacks led to intense scrutiny from the city and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which threatened to yank the zoo's accreditation. Animal experts descended for investigations of their own, and employee morale sank to an all- time low.

Calgary Zoo Set for External Review

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But, of course, this is really all because of some extremists who want to close down all zoos. In announcing the expert panel, zoo CEO Clement Lanthier also came out swinging Saturday, defending the reputation of his facility, calling much of the criticism “unsubstantiated or unfair,” and adding the review will reassure Calgarians about the quality of the institution. “To The latter comment is in reference to Zoocheck Canada , a zoo watchdog demanding the independent investigation.

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Zoo Chimp Shows Ability to Plan Ahead

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He was storing hundreds of stones to throw at visitors at the Furuvik Zoo. Keepers at Furuvik Zoo found that the chimp collected and stored stones that he would later use as missiles. There has been scant evidence in previous research that animals can plan for future events. Tags: zoos chimpanzees Further, the chimp learned to recognise how and when parts of his concrete enclosure could be pulled apart to fashion further projectiles.

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Manila Zoo Sounds Like a Nasty Place

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PETA is trying to prevent more animals going to the Manila Zoo. They are working with local animal welfare groups on this issue. Joining PETA as the petition’s signatories are the Animal Kingdom Foundation Inc. Opponents like to think that animal welfare is only an issue in developed countries amongst the white middle class. Tags: animal welfar zoo PETA phillipines

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Operation Nix-the-Petting-Zoo, Part Deux

Animal Person

Coincidentally, last night was a board meeting for our homeowner's association, and though I wasn't on the agenda there's always time for homeowner comments about, say, the petting zoo and pony rides that are scheduled for the spring "BBQ" ( here 's part one of this story). I printed pages of information about petting zoos from the Internet, mostly about health risks but also about animal treatment. Basically, it's for children who eat animals and their parents.

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What's the Truth About Woodland Park Zoo's Elephants?

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I live in Seattle where Woodland Park Zoo is located. On the other hand, Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants says they are not well-treated and should be in a sanctuary. Elephants need to roam and I don't particularly like having any animal gawked at in a zoo.but I don't really know if Woodland Park is worse than any other zoo. Tags: conservation seattle woodland park zoo elephants endangered species I just don't know what to think.

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Followup: Some Zoo Keepers Fighting to Stop Elephant Transfer to Sanctuary

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War has erupted between Toronto Zoo elephant keepers and the animal rights group helping to co-ordinate a move of three aging elephants to a California sanctuary. She is also considering shutting the keepers out of training the pachyderms for the risky trip — a move the keepers say would be foolish and potentially dangerous for the animals they know better than anyone. zoos canada animal sanctuary toronto elephantsExcepted from the Toronto News.

Operation Nix-the-Petting-Zoo

Animal Person

Like a "BBQ, pony rides and a petting zoo!" When I started thinking about trying to get the association to cancel the pony rides and petting zoo (which are often part of one business as a quick Google search of " traveling petting zoo " will demonstrate), my several-year vegan husband said, "What's the use? It's not like these people care about animals. Their kids are probably gonna be petting the animals they're eating and they might not even know it."

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Study Shows Shorter Life Spans for Zoo Elephants

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Elephants born in European zoos die at much younger ages than those bred in protected spaces, says a new study that's adding fuel to an already fractious debate over the welfare of the animals in captivity. They say that leads to obesity, atrophied muscles and cardiovascular problems, while the wet concrete they stand on can cause foot disease and lameness, which {Suzanne} Roy {of In Defense of Animals} said is the leading cause of euthanasia.

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Actress Lilly Tomlin Calls on Seattle Woodland Park Zoo to Release Elephants to Sanctuary

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Lilly Tomlin is in Seattle and spoke out about the conditions of elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo on behalf of the Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN). Addressing supporters and the media at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center, Tomlin said elephants in zoos across the country are suffering in confinement. Tags: zoos elephants

Jewelry for animal lovers

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If you are looking for a wonderful gift for the animal lover in your life, visit The Magic Zoo. Each piece is handmade by artist Merry Rosenfield, and the variety of animals to choose from is truly amazing! Thanks to The Magic Zoo for providing me with a charm for this review.

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"Zoo from Hell" Owner Convicted in New York

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A farm-animal breeder who ran what a prosecutor called "the zoo from hell" was convicted Tuesday of animal cruelty. A jury in West Haverstraw deliberated less than two hours before convicting Robert Everle of all 13 charges of torturing, injuring and starving animals. State police raided Everle's property, 30 miles north of New York City, in July, and witnesses testified that they found several animals dead, many malnourished and dozens living in unsanitary conditions.

Bob Barker Donates $1.5 Million to LA Zoo

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Along with about 200 Los Angeles Zoo employees, children and community members gathered today at City Hall, rock guitarist Slash pledged his support for completing the zoo’s Pachyderm Forest. Some animal-rights activists said the area still would not provide enough roaming room, and Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas suggested that the zoo’s lone Asian elephant be sent instead to the Performing Animal Welfare Society, a sanctuary in San Andreas.

Animals Should Kept in the Wild

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Nice argument for animals to be kept in the wild, not in captivity. Tags: zoos captivity entertainment Orcas It's from a Malaysian news site.

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27,000 Animals Rescued in Texas

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It was an exotic animal importing firm (why the eff do those even exist?) that was allegedly mistreating its animals. A lot of these animals are reptiles, spiders and amphibians, which explains the large number. The raid followed an undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Tags: zoos exotic animals detroit animal rescue PETA Holy cow! That's HUGE.

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Attempted Delay in Toronto Elephants Transfer to Sanctuary

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The zoo keepers at the Toronto are desperately trying to get the City Council to reconsider its decision to move three aging elephants to a sanctuary. canada zoo animal sanctuary toronto elephantsThey presented the Council with a petition with 1,100 signatures.

Enjoy Helping Animals? Consider an Education in Zoology

4 The Love Of Animals

Amy is a Public Health student and an animal lover. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, and suggests studying animal care for those who wish to turn their love into a career. Are you considering a career path that will let you interact with and help animals?

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Fight Continues to Release Lucy the Elephant

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She is the lone elephant at the Edmonton Zoo in Alberta, Canada. Tags: zoos animal sanctuary elephants Here's an update on the battle to release the Lucy the Elephant to a sanctuary.

Bob Barker Offers to Pay to Move Canadian Elephants to Sanctuary

Critter News

I hope, when I reach their age, I'm as active and effective as Bob Barker and Betty White are in the animal rights movement. Legendary game show host Bob Barker says it will cost $200,000 to move three elephants from the Toronto Zoo to a California sanctuary, and he doesn't mind paying for it himself. Toronto city council voted in October to move the elephants to a facility run by PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) near Galt, Calif.,

Lucy the Elephant's Case to be Heard by Canadian Supreme Court?

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The Supreme Court of Canada could be getting involved in the battle over the fate of an ailing elephant in an Edmonton zoo. Animal rights groups are seeking leave to appeal to the high court in their ongoing fight to have Lucy the elephant moved to a warm-weather U.S. In their Supreme Court application, the groups say private citizens have a right to seek legal remedies to ensure that governments enforce animal protection laws. zoos canada elephantsCould be.

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Animal Rights Zone Launches Today

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I'm excited to be a blogger for Animal Rights Zone because its target market is people who don't usually subscribe to blogs. More >> Animals. You can search Animal Person's content (posted on AR Zone) using the search box on the right, under the AR Zone badge.

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience. Scientific research shows that many animals are very intelligent and have sensory and motor abilities that dwarf ours. In many ways, human emotions are the gifts of our animal ancestors.

On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

A handful Animal Person readers since May of 2006, when I started this then-daily blog, have asked me if I've read Joan Dunayer. And now that I've read Animal Equality and begun Speciesism , I think I know why. An animal's own terms are 'Don't hunt me'" (49). "At

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Chinese Milk Sickens Animals Too

Critter News

Apparently, tainted Chinese milk is sickening animals as well. The animals, at at Hangzhou Zoo near Shanghai, developed kidney stones after being fed milk powder tainted with the industrial chemical melamine. Chinese media report that the animals had been fed on milk powder made by Sanlu Group for more than a year. More melamine contamination. Two baby orang-utans and a lion cub have become the latest victims of China's contaminated milk crisis.

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Ligers in China

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A private zoo operator in Taiwan cross-bred lions and tigers, resulting in three "liger" cubs. The Environmental and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) said Huang, who possesses an array of wildlife, should be dealt with harshly to deter others from copying the behavior. Tags: zoos taiwan tigers lion endangered species One died and the other two were seized for sheltering at a research institution. Both species are endangered and it is illegal to cross breed them.

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Ontario Animal Welfare Law Goes Into Effect

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The provincial government says it's gone from "worst to first" and Ontario is now the only jurisdiction in Canada with special protections for law-enforcement animals like police dogs and horses. The legislation also imposes new rules on the province's dozens of roadside zoos, giving the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals the right to inspect them. Pet owners convicted of a crime under the act can also be barred from owning any animals for life.

Why I Question Animal Testing 2.2

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They were one, two or three to a cage, and I am 80 percent sure the accommodations were exemplary as far as such institutions (or for that matter traditional zoos) go. If they are "only" animals, if they are beasts which abstract not, then my comparison is a piece of sentimental foolishness. Tags: animal experimentation animal research I particularly question the use of chimpanzees in medical research.

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Puerto Rico Ships Monkey to.Baghdad?

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The Baghdad Zoo rakes in some more animals. Unlike rhesus monkeys, patas are not considered desirable for research, and there has been little demand for either from zoos — until now. I am no fan of zoos, especially in an unstable country like Iraq. In the middle of the war, animals are the least of anyone's concern," said Lisa Wathne, spokeswoman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Tags: zoos baghdad primates

Putin an Animal Lover?

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He'll be donating it to a zoo or a wildlife preserve. But children and animals seem to bring out a softer side. Vladimir Putin, former President and current Prime Minister of Russia, just got a tiger cub for his birthday. No word on who gave it to him and I can't imagine where it came from (torn from its mother?), but an interesting part of the article is this insight into Vladimir Putin. As president and now prime minister, Putin is known for his tough talk and macho image.

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People Who Want to Ban Circus Animals are Bozos?

Animal Person

In "Council Bozos Want to Ban Circus Animals in City" Ellis Henican ridicules the New York City Council for introducing a bill to ban the "display of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement." The only way most of us will ever see an elephant (or a tiger or a hippo) is on the National Geographic Channel, at a circus or in a zoo. The elitist “animal-rights” zealots hate to admit this.

Mylan Engel Jr and Kathie Jenni on Prejudice Against Animals

Animal Ethics

First, both argue that all conscious, sentient animals with desires and interests deserve equal moral consideration (regardless of whether these animals are human or nonhuman). Both approaches entail that most contemporary uses of animals—factory farming of animals for meat, eggs, and milk; animal experimentation; use of animals for entertainment in zoos and circuses; hunting and trapping animals in the wild; and so on—are morally unjustified and should be eliminated.

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