Published On: Wed, Mar 9th, 2016

18 Elephants Put on Plane From Africa, Headed to US Zoos

A $2 million gift from businessman David Rubenstein allow the Smithsonian's National Zoo to add this 3 Asian elephant herd Courtesy of Bill Quayle,   Calgary Zoo

 

Eighteen elephants are coming to the United States from Africa after a U.S. judge approved their importation over the protests of animal rights groups.

Zoos in Omaha, Nebraska; Dallas, Texas; and Wichita, Kansas will each receive six elephants.

The group Friends of Animals had tried to block the elephants importation.

We’re not going to be able to keep the animals from coming to these zoos, that’s for sure.

— Michael Harris,  Friends of Animals

Michael Harris,  the Wildlife Law Program Director at Friends of Animals, said in a statement that their lawsuit claimed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “had a mandatory duty under the National Environmental Policy Act to fully evaluate and disclose whether the elephants, as a result of captivity, would suffer social, psychological, behavioral, and physical impacts for the rest of their lives.”

But a judge ruled against the lawsuit, allowing the elephants to come to America from Swaziland in Africa.

Read the full story at The Epoch Times by Zachary Stieber

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