Skip to Main Content

Zoo Fined in Fatal Elephant Attack

Written by PETA | June 8, 2011
ViNull/cc by 2.0

 
Tennessee officials agreed with PETA that the Knoxville Zoo should be penalized for allowing handlers to come into direct contact with elephants and has recommended $8,400 in fines in connection with the death of a handler earlier this year.

Since the attack, the zoo has switched to a safer and more humane method of managing captive elephants called “protected contact,” in which barriers always separate elephants and handlers. Elephants handled through protected contact are never beaten with bullhooks.

It’s time for all zoos to move to protected contact, before another elephant who has suffered one beating too many lashes out against the person holding the bullhook. If you live near a zoo that is still using pain, fear, and force to control elephants, such as the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida; and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California, contact our Action Team for help with launching a campaign to put an end to it.
 

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

Related Posts

Respond

Comments

Post a Comment

If your comment doesn't appear right away, please be patient as it may take some time to publish or may require moderation.

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us.

  • koltuk yıkam says:

    Since the attack, the zoo has switched to a safer and more humane method of managing captive elephants called “protected contact,” in which barriers always separate elephants and handlers. Elephants handled through protected contact are never beaten with bullhooks.

  • amgj70 says:

    @ Amanda, tell that to a lion or a grizzly bear. The point is that we should admire and respect these animals from afar. not up close and in zoos and circuses. That is not their purpose. Respect of the animals like these is simply by leaving them in their natural habitat, stop destroying their homes and let them be. Stop poaching, killing for tusks or sport. That is how they are respected.

  • kara says:

    I wish PETA would spend less time attacking places that provide these captive elephants with a decent life in human care and more time fighting illegal poaching. Where does PETA suggest zoo elephants go? To Africa where over 2000 were slaughtered in the past year ? Or to Asia where the human population is overtaking the little land left for elephants? If PETA spent as much $ on these issues as they do on ridiculous law suits and offending advertisements they could actually accomplish something.

  • carol says:

    I looked at the news channels for info on this and it seems this was an accident and the elephant was not aggressive but merely backing up as she had been asked to do by another handler. From video of what seems to have happened the elephant probably didn’t even know her handler was behind her as she was taking instruction from another handler. Accidents do happen when such large animals are in close confinement. I don’t think this animal was mistreated but I think in close confinement she backed up and was going backwards against the wall where her handler was trapped. Such a shocking accident to happen to someone who adored her elephants and who loved her job. Maybe there were some safety issues too and hopefully they will be ironed out. We should all remember wild animals don’t speak our language and they are for the most part even though large still scared of human beings and so they should betreated with the utmost respect and handlers never should turn their back on them for a moment.

  • abigail garner says:

    The person killed was a woman, not a man and she was a kind soul. To spout moronic things on here not even knowing this person was male or female just shows how shallow and unintelligent some of you really are.

  • Gary Allen says:

    First of all I don’t believe in zoos or circuses. I have loved and admired elephants since I was a child and they should be left free in the wild where they belong not at the hands of cruel handlders and living in a cage.If we are not careful and don’t protect the planet’s wildlife I fear that one day soon a zoo will be the only place we will see wild animals. So allow animals the right to exsist free and free from human harm.

  • annie says:

    I expect the trainer had abused the poor elephant day in and day out. Elephants are wonderful sensitive and intellegent. They deserve respect and kindness.

  • Danielle says:

    Not all animals can be set free. My husband works in a zoo and most animals are breed in captivity or saved from bad situations (like circus). If these animals are set free they will never survive. So I am against this article.

Connect With PETA

Subscribe