IDA Releases Annual Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants List
IDA list of Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants for 2012 once again exposes the suffering endured by elephants in zoos. The list is now in its ninth year. IDA's top ten list comes on the heels of recent Seattle Times' investigative reports, which revealed the ugly truth that the zoo industry is desperate to hide: zoos routinely and relentlessly exploit elephants under the guise of "education" and "conservation."
Nearly 300 elephants are confined in 78 U.S. zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo-industry governing body. The Seattle Times’ research shows that captivity is actually killing elephants, not helping them. According to The Times, half of the elephants who have died in U.S. zoos did so more than a quarter of a century before their expected life spans of 50 to 60 years. Further, in its desperate attempts to breed elephants to boost the dying population, the zoo industry appears to forget one key element of its mission: the welfare of elephants.