WAV Comment – Now with new and younger people with different views in (UK) Parliament, it is time that things change, and that is exactly what is happening; much to the benefit of animals and their welfare.
UK elephants currently in zoos and safari parks will be allowed to die out naturally; but they will never be replaced by new and younger animals. As one political source says; you should focus on elephant protection in the area where the elephant is.”
UK – Keeping elephants in zoos or safari parks will be BANNED over claims that they suffer from mental illness in captivity
Legislation will prohibit keeping elephants in zoos as well as importation
The existing population will also be allowed to die out naturally under new rules
Move by environment minister Zac Goldsmith is likely to delight Carrie Symonds
Keeping elephants in zoos or safari parks is to be banned, the Daily Mail can reveal today.
Legislation will prohibit importation of any new animals and the existing population will be allowed to die out naturally.
The move by environment minister Zac Goldsmith is likely to delight Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie, who is a champion of elephant welfare
Campaigners have long warned that the highly intelligent animals suffer from mental illness in zoos.
They are also plagued in captivity by illnesses, including crippling arthritis, and live on average for just 17 years according to the RSPCA. This compares with more than 50 years in the wild. The legislation will bring to an end more than seven centuries of elephants being kept in captivity in Britain.
Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith is said to have introduced legislation to support future populations of animals raised in the United Kingdom for the seventh century.
The first elephant arrived in England in 1255 under Henry III as a gift from King Louis of France.
Currently, there are 51 elephants in 11 zoos across the UK. This includes Warburn, Whip Snade, Colchester and Chester.
However, since January 2020, it has been illegal for circuses to keep elephants for entertainment.
According to RSPCA, elephants suffer from illness in captivity and live on average only 17 years compared to their wild siblings who live up to the age of 50.
And their welfare report is set to form a debate against their breeding in the zoo-it will be announced later this year as part of the breeding animal bill.
One senior source told:
“It’s very likely that you can’t make an elephant happy in a zoo. Instead, you should focus on elephant protection in the area where the elephant is.”
Mark Jones of Charity Born Free said: “There are many species that do not belong to the zoo. Elephants are one of them.
“It should be phased out and the needs of these very widespread, highly complex social animals cannot be met in a captive environment.”
“It’s not appropriate to keep elephants in the zoo,” said Conservative Chairman Lorraine Pratt.
“They need to have a lot of space to walk around, and they also have a close family group.”