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I was at our zoo for a charity event. Couple of observations - it was interesting that as my wife and I strolled around, I was much quicker to spot the animals that were in outdoor areas, sometimes hidden by foliage. Just the eye of a hunter.

Also, as we stopped and watched an elephant "painting" and bowing when commanded to bow by his trainer, I thought how sad. Most of the people here would be appalled at the idea of someone hunting an elephant, but all applauded when he did stupid circus tricks.

I, however, found it sad, that this animal's life was reduced to spending time in a small enclosure and being forced to perfom unnatural tricks for the reward of a melon.

I can't speak for the elephant, but I know I'd rather spend my life free even if I might die at the hands of a hunter than be caged and made to perform tricks.

Death is a natural part of any animals life - being caged and made to perform circus tricks is not.

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I think it's sad they do that, just supports the belief that wild animals are not all that dangerious. But for some animals, elephants included, the zoo can be a great place. Great place to insure they survive! I would not want an elephant in my back yard. Or a wolf or any other dangerious animal. But I like them all just the same and they are safe from humans in the zoo.

I've been to the San Diego Zoo in San Diego and to the San Diego Zoo breeding park in Escondido. The animals there have huge enclousures and it's all kept up very nice. As I recall, the elephants and giraffes had an absolutely huge encluosure to roam in. Even tho there were a lot of people it felt good to know that these animals were safe.

We have a wild animal park in Winston, Ore, Wildlife Safari. there are some very dangerious and very large animals there. perhaps not an ideal situation for them but they are safe. At it you drive around and look out your window at the animals. In certain enclousures your not allowed to open the window in your car. I don't recall seeing any wolves at any of these places, maybe I've simply forgotton. But plaes like that will be the salvation of the wolf!

A big plus is that at the zoo's are the only place most of us will ever see a lot of these animals. I love zoo's. But I don't like some of the little side shows where animals get portrayed as being cuddly.

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Here's something every farmer knows:

If you raise an animal in captivity, captivity is all it knows. It believes the world is the size of what it sees. They can't long for what they've never known, so they're content.

I firmly believe that if PETA had its way and got rid of zoos and ciruses, species like elephants would be doomed. People have a soft spot for them because of memories of them gained from zoos and circuses. Take those things away, and the care factor among Americans will drop.

So there's the quandary for PETA -- if captivity of a few would insure the survival of a species, what would they do?

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Even without zoos, animals like elephants would continue to exist and thrive due to hunter dollars and hunting.

Elephants and rhinos were kept in zoos but their numbers still dwindled due to loss of habitat and poaching. Thanks to hunting both are doing well in Africa.