The psychological and physical toll that captivity takes on elephants has been all too prevalent lately. Three recent examples show why it is so abhorrent to keep elephants in captivity.
In Lizy-sur-Ourcq, France, an elephant escaped from her electrified enclosure and killed a 74-year-old man. According to witnesses, Tanya (also known as Samba), cleverly used a tarpaulin to cover the electrified fence before bolting from her pen.
According to reports, "witnesses saw the elephant take a tarpaulin and place it on the electric fence. It (sic) then escaped into a second area with barriers and trailers. The elephant was quickly caught by its keepers."
Tanya/Samba was taken from Kenya when she was one year old and, according to workers for her current owners, Cirque d’Europe, she was “angry and upset” after her last performance.
Cirque d’Europe’s treatment of Tanya/Samba has been scrutinized by the animal protection organization One Voice. It was legal action by One Voice that caused Cirque d’Europe to try to distance themselves from the situation by changing Samba’s name to Tanya. Conditions, however, have not improved.
“We have gone to see Samba every two months,” said Muriel Arnal of One Voice. “She is on her own in the circus. She spends her nights is a small lorry trailer, and she performs a number that is contrary to her nature. We have always said that her place is not in this circus and that she could become dangerous. Any animal can become dangerous if it is mistreated.”
Tanya/Samba’s fate is uncertain, and she may end up being killed. More....