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Elephants in sanctuaries

How do sanctuaries differ from other facilities keeping captive elephants? First and foremost, elephants being brought to a sanctuary will receive veterinary care to mitigate many of the chronic diseases frequently encountered by elephants coming from zoos and circuses, such as overweight, inappropriate nutrition, tuberculosis, infected foot pads due to being forced to stand extended periods in their own urine and fecal matter, tooth decay, injuries from beatings and sharp instruments used to instill obedience and arthritis being aggravated by being forced to perform, to mention a few. While the physical ills in all their severity are difficult enough to treat they are nothing compared to the mental injuries inflicted on elephants during decades of ill treatments by their keepers.

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