April 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM
Mistreated elephants at Woodland Park Zoo
Elephants not harmed mentally or physically
Unfortunately, David Hancocks expresses his concern for elephants in zoos by willfully misrepresenting conditions at Woodland Park Zoo [“Elephants should be the priority at Woodland Park Zoo,” Opinion, April 9].He quoted “daily foot care” as if that were all the care the elephants receive. Their daily care includes baths, inspections, training, enrichment objects, varied feeding opportunities, interactions with each other and keepers, as well as time spent indoors or outdoors. The elephants receive quality care and are not harmed physically nor mentally.
Despite increasing incidents of wild elephants killed for their ivory, Hancocks expresses no concern for them. After all. the zoo’s elephants serve admirably as ambassadors for their wild kin.
Judy Mukai, Seattle
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