Three leading animal protection organizations – Born Free USA, People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) and In Defense of Animals (IDA) – are joining forces to oppose the pending move of two African elephants, Kallie and Bette, from the Philadelphia Zoo to the Pittsburgh Zoo’s animal holding and breeding facility in Somerset County Pennsylvania. The organizations point to four main animal welfare problems with the transfer:
- Cruel, circus-style elephant training using bullhooks
- Confinement to small pens with no free access to the property’s several hundred acres
- Grave health risks associated with breeding
- Denial of a permanent, stable and natural home
Please visit IDA‘s Help Elephants Web site to learn more.