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.