‘Elephants have no place in zoos’: Report on ‘horrifying’ suffering demands end to captivity | Euronews

Elephants are totally ill-suited to being kept in zoos where they suffer long-term psychological damage, according to wildlife experts quoted in a wide-ranging study into the animals’ plight in captivity across Europe and North America.

The report, “Elephants in Zoos: A Legacy of Shame” published on Wednesday by the Born Free Foundation, gives details of numerous cases where the herd animals have died young or suffered in captivity.

It says in 2021 there were 580 elephants in European zoos — around half the global total — and calls for the practice of keeping them in such places to be phased out.

The wildlife conservation charity also demands an end to the capture of wild elephants for export to zoos, and for breeding attempts from those held in captivity to cease.

Source: ‘Elephants have no place in zoos’: Report on ‘horrifying’ suffering demands end to captivity | Euronews