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March 31, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Elephants in zoos: Not fitting for Seattle

Watoto, Woodland Park Zoo’s only African elephant, walks around enclosure before getting her bath in the elephant barn. Zoo officials hope to transfer Watoto and obtain an Asian female elephant, but the acquisition is not guaranteed. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times).

Animal experts and honest common sense all indicate that elephants should be allowed to roam free as the Almighty intended, and not be kept in a state of miserable captivity by a supposedly more intelligent species [“Woodland Park Zoo to expand elephant program,” Local News, March 28].

So why is Seattle, the center of sensitivity crusades, going along with the planned elephant expansion at the Woodlawn Park Zoo? Why is the mayor and City Council insensitive to the plight of these magnificently intelligent and loving creatures? Why does this city continue to waste limited tax revenue in support of the zoo’s captivity program of show and tell?

Tom Ruszala, Seattle

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