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Latest zoo tragedy is sadly inevitable

Published 02/08/2016

How many more tragedies must we see at zoos before we finally shut down these cruel and dangerous institutions ("Morocco zoo 'in shock' after elephant kills girl with stone", News, July 28)?

Elephants are exceptionally intelligent and sensitive beings, who endure extreme stress in zoos - just like anyone faced with a lifetime of frustration, confinement and loneliness would.

The elephant may have been playing, but it's not surprising that wild animals could become aggressive and lash out after being denied the opportunity to choose a mate, raise their young, or roam vast territories, as they would in nature.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sends our condolences to the young girl's family and hope that this incident will save lives in the future by making zoos everywhere reconsider locking wild animals in cages for human amusement.

SASCHA CAMILLI

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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