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10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in 2007 list announced by In Defense of Animals

By Gary Bogue
Friday, January 11th, 2008 at 6:53 am in Elephants, In Defense of Animals, Zoos.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, grabs top spot on annual “10 Worst Zoos for Elephants” list.

“The 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants list draws attention to the fact that elephants are needlessly suffering and dying prematurely from inadequate and inhumane zoo conditions,” said IDA president Elliot M. Katz, DVM. “The problems such as aberrant behaviors, lethal joint and foot disorders, and premature death chronicled in this list speak loudly to the mammoth changes that are needed to improve the lives of elephants in zoos.”

IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS is an international, California-based (San Rafael) animal advocacy organization dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by defending their rights, welfare and habitats.


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6 Responses to “10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in 2007 list announced by In Defense of Animals”

  1. AnimalLover Says:

    Any organization that makes this list, should immediately lose their elephants. These elephants should be retired on a piece of land somewhere. The organization responsible for this kind of cruelty should be made to pay for upkeep including medical expenses for these beautiful creatures for the rest of their lives! I hope something can be done quickly. Six Flags should be put out of business.

  2. Maggie Says:

    I went to “Discovery Kingdom” then known as “Marine World” when I first moved to the Bay Area. Once was enough and I’ve never been back. I was appalled at the small space the Orca had, and then later that when their Orca died they just bought another one. Then there was the exploitation, which led to one visitors severe injury, of having people pay large sums to pose for portraits witih the tigers. And, the exploitation of the dolphins and the housing and treatment of the elephants. Also the fact that all these poor animals are surrounded by amusement park rides, which I feel is incompatible with a zoo or animal park. I hope everyone will read this report and never go to this awful place again and join IDA’s periodic demonstrations at Discover Kingdom where the only thing you’ll discover is how little they care about the animals….

  3. WorldTraveler Says:

    I worst zoo I have been to is still hard to get out of my mind. It was on an island off the coast of a suburb of Pusan called Masan. I forget the island name but there you will find bear cages that are built into the sea. The most horrific thing I saw was that it was high tide the water was about 15 feet deep and the bear was pacing back and forth on a small ledge in its own feces driven mad from its horrific conditions and fearful that it would fall into the water since there was no way back up onto the ledge if it did. Was the litterally the worst thing I ever saw in my life.

  4. WorldTraveler Says:

    I found the name of that horrific place:
    Dot-do island
    An amusement park and zoo are on the tiny island of Dot-do in Masan Bay. The park is only open in the summer.

    Also I noticed two polar bear beyond being emaciated in which an restricted park visitor was feeding them vodka…

    This place was a nightmare for animals and should be shut down yesterday.

  5. Schmutzler Says:

    Cool Picsxx

  6. Karen F Says:

    The worst zoo I have been to is San Antonio. The rhino exhibit was smelly and dirty and the poor animals had not very much room to roam. No greenery, just dirt and concrete.

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