Should L.A. Zoo take in two new elephants?
The decision by the L.A. Zoo to accept two elephants from the San Diego Zoo is sparking controversy.
As The Times' Carla Hall and Tony Perry reported, "Tina and Jewel are female Asian elephants of un certain age who between them have endured foot problems and dental surgery. They will be on indefinite loan from the San Diego Zoo, both zoos announced Friday."
Zoos across the country have come under fire for their treatment of the giant mammals -- and activists have focused particular attention on the L.A. Zoo
Catherine Doyle, elephant campaign director for the advocacy group In Defense of Animals, said she feels the elephants deserve better. "Actually it feels like a betrayal for the elephants," Doyle said. "The San Diego Zoo shouldn't have taken them if they didn't plan to keep them. These elephants have had a very hard life, and they deserve to go to a permanent and stable situation."
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Photo: Tina and Jewel spent years with a Texas circus trainer who was cited by the U.S. Agriculture Department for inadequate veterinary care. When the San Diego Zoo acquired them 14 months ago, they had to be nursed back to health Credit: Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo