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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

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March 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Thank you for making a difference for Woodland Park Zoo elephants

If media can change people’s opinion, then your editorial might just do that for our three unfortunate elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].

Your voice reflects wisdom and justice for doing the right thing. For example, having artificially inseminated Chai 112 times is both unjust and a disgrace.

Will the new Seattle Mayor Ed Murray echo your wise opinion to retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary? I hope so.
Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo elephants are indeed true friends who tirelessly work to free them. They do not believe in exploiting them for profit, as the zoo does. Their lawsuit and your editorial will be a wake-up call for the zoo board to finally change its mind and let them go.

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March 22, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Elephants are at home at Woodland Park Zoo

I would like to know why The Seattle Times is so invested in sending the Woodland Park Zoo elephants away from their home [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].  It is one thing to print an article or series, but the editors seem determined to send the girls away.

It truly would be akin to taking your dog and sending him to a wolf sanctuary. Like your dog, the zoo elephants would not only have to find their place in a new pack (herd), with its own pecking order, but they would miss the place they have lived for decades and the people whom they love and who love them.

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March 21, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Animals are not commodities, retire zoo elephants

Corrected version

Elephants do not belong in zoos [“Retire zoo elephants to a sanctuary,” Opinion, March 19].

Neither do giraffes, lions, hyenas or any other wild animal. Bringing children to a zoo does not stir support for wildlife conservation. It teaches them that animals are commodities to stare at or throw peanuts to, rather than sentient beings that suffer and feel pain.

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September 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

The treatment of circus animals

Ringling Bros. animals are thriving In their recent letter to the editor, Nancy and David Spilberg have their “facts” about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey animal care all wrong. [“Northwest Voices: Here comes the circus,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 23.] The claims they make are a direct affront to the men and women with Ringling Bros. who…

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September 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Proper treatment of Woodland Park Zoo’s elephants

Panel is trivializing damage The report recently issued by the Woodland Park Zoo elephant task force’s “expert panel” was predictably disappointing. [“Experts suggest changes for zoo’s elephants,” NW Thursday, Aug. 29.] By opting to use innocuous terms such as “reduced joint mobility” and “occasional foot cracks,” instead of the more accurate “captivity-related arthritis” and “chronic foot…

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