This article discusses some of the backstory to the NYT piece on the import of wild elephants into three US zoos and what the reality of it was. The original story is linked in this article if you didn’t read it. It is long, but it gives a lot of clarity as to how the ‘rescue’ happened.
But this article has a quote that is a topic we discuss regularly. What is the cost to the elephants for their life in captivity, and when do we decide the impact it has on them outweighs our own selfish desires? It’s not a topic many people are willing to discuss, but it is about time that the conversation takes place in the mainstream.
“It’s one of those longstanding questions about civilization itself, with all the darkness that comes with that. Why do we need to look at them and stare at them? At what point does our wonder no longer warrant another being’s wounding?”
July 31, 2019