“Their claim is that, ‘We chain them because when male elephants are at the peak of their sexual activity, they can be very aggressive and so we have to do that,’” Khetan said. “But there’s a couple of problems with that. A, that’s not what happens in the wild. And B, the real reason they have to do that is because they’re open to the public, and the concern here is that the elephants are going to be aggressive toward humans. But for that, you wouldn’t have been chained for months at a time, and that’s … not the kind of thing that a place that’s truly in the business of rescue and care should be doing.”
Toni Frohoff, an elephant biologist with In Defense of Animals (IDA), has similar concerns.