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Re: “Monday, Monday. An open line

GREAT.. now we have THREE elephants who have tested POSITIVE for exposure to Tb, so TRIPLE the threat of transmission to handlers, groundskeepers and others who have to work around them. And TRIPLE the cost to treat when they start showing up trunk wash positive. Poor Sophie with horrific foot rot... an elephant sanctuary where they don't use BULL HOOKS would have been a compassionate choice for all three of them. LR ZOO does not have the SPACE, no getting around that. She already spends hours a day leaning against a wall due to pain. A real shame that a city the size of Little Rock doesn't have a more progressive zoo Director who, like Zoo directors in over 22 cities have already closed their elephant exhibits or plan to do so in the future, come to the realization that traditional zoo confinement cannot meet the needs of these massive creatures. Little Rock Zoo better start buying memorial candles in bulk. The keepers can hold a bull hook in one hand and a lighted candle in the other. Nice reunion for Sophie, Babe and Zina; from the inhumane TB cesspool of Ringling to the inhumane TB cesspool in LR.

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Posted by oscar2 on 10/21/2013 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Little Rock Zoo elephant Ellen dies at 60

Doesn't matter how you spin it, bull hooks are WEAPONS, and yes, I've seen them used, plenty of times, and at the LR Zoo. WHY doesn't the LR Zoo adopt the much more humane "Protected Contact" management that doesn't require the use of bull hooks? I have heard that PC takes longer to get things done and that is why staff and vets, who want/need instant results, don't like PC. "Elephant time" doesn't exist in zoos, only zoo time. Need to perform routine husbandry, move an elephant from one stall to another, get them to their outdoor pen... just carry a bull hook. One look, they know.. an elephant never forgets. It's so nice to visit progressive zoos like North Carolina and Oakland that are shining stars in their humane management of captive elephants. Come on, LR, you can do MUCH better. Perhaps a change in "management" at the LR zoo is what we need.

Posted by oscar2 on 07/06/2011 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Little Rock Zoo elephant Ellen dies at 60

Good animal care does not equate with good animal welfare. Sure, Mary and Ellen had the "best" veterinarians, the "best" keepers, the "best" nutrition, but was their life really the best available in a captive world? No! They were subjected (as are Zina and Jewel) to old school circus style management, i.e. negative reinforcement via the use of bull hooks (not exactly what I would describe as "loving care".. anyone who could strike an animal is not loving), chaining and were on pain medications for foot disease caused by standing on concrete and hard packed earth. Every minute of every day of their lives was ordained by the zoo schedule, no freedom of choice whatsoever. I just wish more people were informed about what captive elephants endure. It's just darn sad that they were denied a chance to be real elephants in a true sanctuary. Some animal species do quite well in traditional zoos, but it is well known that elephants do not.

Posted by oscar2 on 07/05/2011 at 7:54 PM


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