Stressed elephants in zoos do not need medical marijuana, they need their freedom!

Thursday, August 27, 2020. New York City – The Warsaw Zoological Garden, known simply as the Warsaw Zoo, is located alongside the Vistula River in Warsaw, Poland. 

The Guardian reports that the Warsaw zoo will start giving its elephants medical marijuana to test how it reduces their stress levels.

On World Lion Day I said, “Lions are beautiful animals. Lions deserve their freedom. Lions suffer in cages. Lions suffer in zoos. Zoos are prisons for lions and other animals.”

I can say the same thing about elephants. Elephants are beautiful animals. Elephants suffer in cages. Elephants suffer in zoos. Zoos are prisons for elephants and other animals. Elephants deserve their freedom.

Captive Elephants: Broken Spirits

PETA says on peta.org, “Elephants in captivity are denied everything that gives their life meaning. Many become neurotic, unhealthy, depressed, and aggressive as a result of the inhumane conditions in which they’re kept. Thanks to decades of field research, we know that they are highly social animals who live in matriarchal herds, protect one another, forage for fresh vegetation, play, bathe in rivers, and share mothering responsibilities for the herds’ babies. Their ability to feel pain—as well as sorrow, joy, and happiness—rivals our own. In the wild, they walk up to 30 miles and are active for 18 hours each day.”

World Lion Day is on Monday, August 10, 2020. This lion is in captivity in a zoo. Zoos are prisons for animals. Boycott zoos. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
World Lion Day is on Monday, August 10, 2020. This lion is in captivity in a zoo. Zoos are prisons for animals. Boycott zoos. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

The article “Stressed elephants at Warsaw zoo to be given medical marijuana” on The Guardian says, “The Warsaw zoo has said it will start giving its elephants medical marijuana as part of a ground-breaking pilot project to test how it reduces their stress levels.

Medical cannabis has been used worldwide to treat dogs and horses but “this is probably the first initiative of its kind for elephants,” Agnieszka Czujkowska, the veterinarian in charge of the project, said.

The zoo’s three African elephants will be given liquid doses of a high concentration of the relaxing cannabinoid CBD through their trunks.

Czujkowska said it will take around two years before her team has any conclusive results. If successful, the initiative could then be tried with other animals living in captivity.”

Boycott zoos. Stop going to zoos.

“Most zoos do not begin to replicate the lush jungles, vast savannahs, and dense forests where animals belong. Many animals in captivity have little control over their lives, including what they eat and who they share space with. They may not even get to decide who their mate is since some zoos artificially inseminate animals.

Instead of providing lifetime care, zoos often trade, lend, sell, barter, and warehouse animals they no longer want—despite knowing that many species form lasting bonds that are important to their long-term health and happiness. Removing animals from established social groups and forcing them to adjust repeatedly to new routines, different caretakers, and unfamiliar cagemates is disruptive and traumatic.

Zoos defend their breeding programs under the pretext of conservation, but many of the species that are being bred aren’t endangered or threatened,” says peta.org

Watch documentaries online

You do not need to go to a zoo to learn about and appreciate elephants and other animals. Nature documentaries abound on Youtube in which animals are shown behaving naturally in their homes (natural habitats).

Elephants and other animals at the Addo Elephant National Park.

Watch this documentary about elephants and other animals at the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.

A family of African bush elephants: note the protected position of the calves in the middle of the group. Elephants at Amboseli National Park against Mount Kilimanjaro.  Photo by Amoghavarsha JS amoghavarsha.com.
A family of African bush elephants: note the protected position of the calves in the middle of the group. Elephants at Amboseli National Park against Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo by Amoghavarsha JS amoghavarsha.com / Wikipedia.org

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