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Woodland Park Zoo continues unethical elephant breeding

posted Dec 10, 2011, 8:40 AM by Elephants Living Free   [ updated Dec 10, 2011, 8:42 AM ]
Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) artificially inseminated Chai, a female Asian elephant, for the 59th time on December 5, 2011. The previous 58 artificial inseminations over 20 years have all failed to produce a live birth.

Hansa, the only calf born at WPZ, was conceived when Chai was shipped to Missouri to be bred with a bull. Hansa died of Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV) which is almost always fatal to young Asian elephants and horrifically painful. The zoo industry's own expert, Dr. Laura Richman, a pathologist with the Smithsonian National Zoo, said that Hansa would have gotten it from one of the zoo's other elephants and that Chai could transmit the virus through the birthing process. There is no cure for EEHV and WPZ has no infection control in place.

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