EAZA and Wild Elephant Conservation
The European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) is not the solution to ending miserable lives of captive animals, teaching children about wild animal nature or making real contributions to preventing their extinction.
A Vietnamese Elephant in France
The first two elephants at the European Elephant Sanctuary in France have lived for decades in small zoos in France and the Czech Republic without the company of other elephants. In the wild they would have lived in large family groups. Solitary confinement causes elephants significant trauma. Bringing two solitary elephants together who would most likely not socialize with each other in the wild, rapidly form close friendships in captivity provided they have the space and freedom of a sanctuary to rediscover at least part of their elephant nature.
Denying wild animals the right to live a dignified life within their communities should not be called trade, since all of it, legal or illegal, more accurately should be defined as criminal trafficking.
The courageous attempts of some dedicated attorneys for elephants and other animals to be recognized as legal persons with corresponding rights and obligations might not be in the best interest of elephants.
Elephants in the Americas
By comparison to Europe, American elephants are fewer, with a public ready to free them form their captivity in circuses and zoos. Accredited sanctuaries exist with more than sufficient space to give these elephants a semblance of freedom in their old age. More sanctuaries are being developed . At this time there is only one real sanctuary being developed in Europe.
European, African and AsianElephant Populations
There are still 849 captive elephants living in Europe. The 3 countries with the largest captive elephant numbers are Germany with 27 %, The United Kingdom with 15 % and The Netherlands with 11 %. Legislation to ban elephants from performing is meaningless without plans for the elephants' humane retirement.
BUBA, THE LONE DUTCH CIRCUS ELEPHANT
The following story about Buba summarizes how wild baby elephants are tortured to become circus performers and often denied a well deserved retirement after decades of a miserable life as a captive slave until they die.
The Myth of Elephant Conservation in North American Zoos
The governing body of the zoo industry, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) insists on claiming that elephants are thriving in zoos. AZA officials have made repeated marketing efforts to convince lawmakers, regulators and the public of how well elephants are faring in zoos, even though they know it is not true and never has been.
Nonhuman Rights Project Fighting to Free Commerford Elephants
The Nonhuman Rights Project has been working on behalf of three elephants at the Commerford Zoo in Goshen , CT. The elephants Beulah, Minnie and Karen are forced to travel up and down the US East Coast to perform under miserable conditions at state fairs and other such events. Often they are forced to give rides to children. For ethical concerns and the safety of their children, parents should not expose their kids to direct contact with abused elephants.
Personhood for Elephants in India
Understanding animal rights to be an issue of both human and animal connections and interest, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations on 12th May, 2018 organized their first “National Consultation on Rights and Personhood for Animals and its linkages with Other Social Justice Movements”!