Philly Elephants In Trouble

They’re living in one of America’s worst zoos (at least if you’re an elephant)

Sad News for Bette and Kallie. According to a list from the international animal welfare group In Defense of Animals, Bette and Kallie, the two elephants transferred from the Philadelphia Zoo in July 2009, are living in one of the top 10 worst zoos in the country for elephants. Here’s what the report had to say about Pittsburgh Zoo’s International Conservation Center:

An undercover investigation conducted earlier this fall revealed that elephants confined at the ICC in Somerset PA, were kept in a cement barn for two months straight last winter. In addition, the elephants are denied free access to water for drinking or bathing and deprived of enrichment items. Multiple scientific studies show that elephants often suffer from foot disease and arthritis, the number one cause of death in captive elephants, when confined on hard surfaces for lengthy periods of time – conditions that Kallie and Bette endured last winter. The cement barn that Kallie and Bette share with Jackson, a 34-year-old bull elephant, consists of stalls with cement flooring, where the animals are confined most nights and months on end in winter, and a sand pit where the three elephants are rotated.

Additionally, it appears that ICC officials misled the Philadelphia Zoo and others by repeatedly claiming elephants at the facility would be allowed access to areas outside of their pens. In fact, the undercover investigation found that the elephants have been continually confined in pens of one to three acres since their arrival in July 2009, and there are no plans to allow them access to any of the rest of the 724-acre property. []

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    Disgusting shame isent the word .Shame on these fake animal lovers,zoos suck in generally its offical.

  • http://ThePhillyPost Donna Archer

    Poor Bette and Kallie…they are the victims of their prison cells and the warden don’t give a rat’s behind about those girls…they ought to take a good look at Dulary at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald…she has a friend Misty and they roam those hills, stay in a pond or the lake half the summer living the way elephants should..Bette and Kallie look like they’ve been in a concentration camp…I hope all you zoo wardens rot in hell for your mistreatment of not just the elephants but all the animals that you are holding hostage