Elephants Can Remember
November 13, 2009 5:31pm
As it should be: Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Better news for elephants comes from India. Circuses and zoos no longer will be allowed to keep elephants. The 150 or so elephants held captive in these facilities will be transferred to sanctuaries or parks "as soon as possible." Not all, however, will retire. Some will be assigned to wildlife patrols or to carry tourists. But at least the measure ensures equity: the few captive African elephants in India will also leave the zoos they're in. Left unaffected, though, are the hundreds (if not more) elephants kept at temples throughout India. Many, sadly, spend most of their lives in chains, too. It's hard to imagine that Ganesha, Hinduism's elephant-headed god, the remover (and placer) of obstacles and the gods' scribe, would be untroubled.
Photo: Mia MacDonald