Elephants once were the majesty of the wild, but recently the wild has been receding. In the articles "Why elephants need circuses and zoos" and "No more curtain calls for elephants" both authors discuss the effects of keeping elephants in captivity. The elephants that are in zoos and circuses could be considered as being abused, or being cared for.
In both articles, the authors discuss whether or not interacting with humans is dangerous for elephants. The article "Why elephants need zoos and circuses" discusses why the gentle giants of the land need human interactions to survive. The Elephants natural habitats is slowly disappearing, and are being fenced into certain areas, for example the author tells us, "These endangered and threatened animals are often contained within park ranges or fences, or when no fences are available, villages and fields block historic migration routes." While in zoos elephants face none of the threats they face in their "wild".
They live lavish lifestyles and are fed regularly and get everything they want. In the article "No more curtain calls for elephants" the author describes how elephants should not be in captivity. As the author tells the reader,"With one blunt end and a sharp hook on the other, it resembles a hammer. Keepers used it to poke, prod, or strike." In the "wild" elephants can rarely encounter humans and are rarely ever abused. The Animal activists argue that in some zoos the elephants live in abhorrent conditions
In the article "No more curtain calls for elephants" the author describes how elephants should not be in captivity. In the "wild" Elephants can roam for miles and see none of the same scenery, in zoo's they stay one little area of vegetation all day and can only roam in small circles. In elephants...