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Violinist Eleanor Bartsch decided to take her warm-up yo the local zoo. And discovered that elephants cannot let music go by un-danced to.

Batsch was getting ready to play Bach Concerto for Two Violins with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and headed to the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI to rehearse. Her lucky audience was Kelly and Viola, 44 and 45 year-old elephants that Batsch says, "have lived together for most of their lives." That's probably why they are so in sync.

Wait, so we should not keep elephants in zoos?

No, they should not:

The reason the management of elephants in captivity is coming under such scrutiny, is not, as the author states, because zoos and sanctuaries offer different environments for elephants, but because zoos and sanctuaries have different philosophies about captivity itself. We have learned so much about the complex physical, social and psychological needs of these animals, not necessarily from zoos, but from bona fide researchers in the field. You need look no farther than National Geographic’s own articles and films documenting elephants’ large, extended families, intricate web of social relationships, and wide-ranging movement in vast home ranges, to see that life in captivity cannot satisfy their most basic needs.

Concern over the welfare of elephants in captive facilities should never be casually dismissed. The inadequacies for elephants in captivity will always be a source of disease and suffering for elephants. Cramped enclosures and hard surfaces cause a variety of problems, including deadly foot disease and arthritis, infertility, obesity, and abnormal repetitive behaviors such as swaying and head bobbing. 

More here:  http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/03/no-ethical-way-to-keep-elephants-in-captivity/

Can ANY animal be kept in captivity ethically?

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