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Elephants in Zoos: Conservation Gains versus Welfare Losses

Elephants in Zoos: Conservation Gains versus Welfare Losses Table of Contents Abstract Why is this Case of Value? Learning Outcomes Background and Context Discussion Points Discussion Questions Courses of Action Conclusions Further Reading References Overview Some zoo professionals claim that elephants living in zoos play an important conservation role by providing insurance populations against extinction in the wild and opportunities for public education, research and fund-raising for in situ conservation. However, animal welfare advocates believe elephants should not be kept in zoos because of the welfare compromises they experience. Why is this Case of Value? In recent years the keeping of elephants in circuses and zoos has been banned by some governments. Others, including that of the United Kingdom, have been considering banning the keeping of elephants in zoos if husbandry methods cannot be adjusted to provide better welfare. Developments in the scientific assessment of animal welfare and a greater concern for animal welfare among the general public have forced zoos to reconsider the value of keeping elephants in zoos. Zoos have been forced to recognize that their elephant populations will not be self-sustaining without further importations from range states due to poor reproductive performance. This is unacceptable to welfare organizations and it is now essential http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Animal Behaviour and Welfare Cases Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International

Elephants in Zoos: Conservation Gains versus Welfare Losses

Animal Behaviour and Welfare Cases , Volume 2023: 1 – Feb 1, 2023

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Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International
Copyright
© The Author 2023
ISSN
2958-4353
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2958-4353
DOI
10.1079/abwcases.2023.0003
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Abstract

Table of Contents Abstract Why is this Case of Value? Learning Outcomes Background and Context Discussion Points Discussion Questions Courses of Action Conclusions Further Reading References Overview Some zoo professionals claim that elephants living in zoos play an important conservation role by providing insurance populations against extinction in the wild and opportunities for public education, research and fund-raising for in situ conservation. However, animal welfare advocates believe elephants should not be kept in zoos because of the welfare compromises they experience. Why is this Case of Value? In recent years the keeping of elephants in circuses and zoos has been banned by some governments. Others, including that of the United Kingdom, have been considering banning the keeping of elephants in zoos if husbandry methods cannot be adjusted to provide better welfare. Developments in the scientific assessment of animal welfare and a greater concern for animal welfare among the general public have forced zoos to reconsider the value of keeping elephants in zoos. Zoos have been forced to recognize that their elephant populations will not be self-sustaining without further importations from range states due to poor reproductive performance. This is unacceptable to welfare organizations and it is now essential

Journal

Animal Behaviour and Welfare CasesCentre for Agricultural Bioscience International

Published: Feb 1, 2023

Keywords: elephants; zoos; conservation

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