A reality show on Chinese TV called "Wonderful Friends" recently showed the acrobatic maneuvers an elephant currently residing at Chimelong Safari Park in southern China. This poor creature was made to perform, again and again.
Imagine the amount of physical, mental and psychological pressure this elephant is made to suffer, again, again and again!
Then imagine the agony baby African elephants taken from their mothers in the wild will be forced to endure if and when they are sent to zoos and safari parks in China.
Do you consider these zoos and safari parks "appropriate and acceptable destinations" for the elephant calves from Zimbabwe?
I applaud the French government for rejecting the idea of a purchase of 20 elephants from Zimbabwe, recognizing the move would traumatize these intelligent animals.
I hope Chinese authorities will also follow France's humane and ethical example.
Because subjecting elephants to a lifetime of suffering in zoos and safari parks is inappropriate and unacceptable.