According to the North County Times, before the San Diego Zoo used crates, cranes and trucks to move its Asian Elephants from the Wild Animal Park to the Zoo, Suzanne Roy, program manager for the international animal protection organization In Defense of Animals, said the move is another example of the zoo making animal welfare a low priority:
“This move is not about what is best for the elephants,” she said in an e-mail to the North County Times. “If it was, the zoo would give them dozens of acres of natural space at the Wild Animal Park. Instead, it’s about a new attraction to draw crowds to the San Diego Zoo.”
In Defense of Animals, a nonprofit organization based in San Rafael, CA, favors leaving wild elephants in their natural habitats and moving captive pachyderms to preserves large enough for them to roam extensively.
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