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letters | debate over New Bedford elephants

Animals deserve to spend remaining years in a sanctuary

Thank you for highlighting the plight of Ruth and Emily, two Asian elephants languishing at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford (“Time to retire?” Metro, April 25). There is, indeed, growing public concern across the nation over keeping zoo animals in captivity, particularly elephants, a species ill suited for a life removed from the wild.

Hundreds of elephants remain in captivity in the United States. It is impossible for any modern zoo to provide the adequate space needed for elephants to engage in natural behaviors. Elephants in a zoo are confined to tiny spaces and often forced to live with prefabricated family groups.

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