Young elephant at Whipsnade, displaying stereotypic behaviour

We suddenly, today, have media coverage of an issue that is of central importance to the welfare of zoo animals (NOT just elephants!).

 

Caged Tiger at Whipsnade - well you can't have them running around, can you?

 

Of course, wild conditions cannot be replicated in zoos and animals will know (and feel/suffer) the difference, especially those species that range over vast areas.

http://environment.uk.msn.com/news/headlines/article.aspx?cp-documentid=11794317

http://news.scotsman.com/world/Captivity-shown-to-shorten-elephants39.4787378.jp

This is not new! It has been aired for years.

e.g.: http://www.alternativevet.org/zoo.htm

http://www.captiveanimals.org/elephants/index.htm

http://www.fightback4elephants.com/

Nonetheless, while wild places exist for animals to live and breed successfully, it's never too late to try to do something about it. Think very carefully how you stand on this issue, before funding zoos with your hard-earned cash.

[Why not take a look at www.alternativevet.org , while you're here?]