Re: “Send elephants to Tennessee sanctuary” (letter, 3-5).
I do not choose to enter the emotionally charged debate regarding the suitability of the elephant sanctuary in Tennessee for the two remaining female elephants at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. However, I am greatly disturbed by the characterization of their treatment at our local award-winning zoological institution as being “controlled by fear and intimidation.”
I have had close affiliation with the zoo for more than 15 years and had many opportunities to discuss animal care (including the elephants) with the zoo’s management team and staff biologists. This included behind-the-scenes observation of …