US zoos secretly fly 18 elephants out of swaziland

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Three American zoos, the Dallas zoo, Sedgwick County zoo in Kansas and Henry Doorly zoo in Nebraska, had flied a total 18 elephants, 3 males and 15 females age 6 to 25, out of Swaziland despite the protest of conservationists and the legal challenge to block the transfer of elephants. The conservationists claimed that it is cruel to remove them from the wild for exhibition and breeding purposes. However, the zoos sent the elephants away from Swaziland before the court of blocking the transfer of elephants has made any decision. The Friends of Animals criticised the zoos for "stealing" the elephants by avoiding court. The zoos refuted that their move is to provide a safe home with secure future through relocation as the resources in the wild is becoming scarcer and in turn accuse the conservationists of delaying the relocation which threaten the elephants' lives. The debate continues with the conflict between the economic benefits of the zoos and the environmental consideration of the conservationists.

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  • We should send them here!
  • LEAVE THEM ALONE!
  • News comic by Katie SCMP 11 March 2016 A10 US zoos secretly fly 18 elephants out of Swaziland
  • The 18 elephants, three males and 15 females ranging in age from 6 to 25, were originally from Swaziland.
  • It is too cruel to remove the elephants from the wild for exhibition!
  • Three American Zoos requested to fly the elephants to the zoos for exhibitions and breeding purposes.
  • A group of conservationists protested against the cruel move of the zoos.
  • The court was still undergoing discussion and decision had not been made.
  • Despite the protest of the conservationist and the decision of the court, the zoos flied the elephants to the US.
  • The elephants will be displayed in the zoos soon.
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