Pat Derby–co-founder of The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

by | Sep 10, 2008

Pat Derby–co-founder of The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), which operates three animal sanctuaries in Northern California, among them the 2300-acre ARK 2000, where upwards of a dozen elephants live–discusses the needs of and challenges faced by captive elephants; indicates that her view of elephants in zoos isn’t inherently one of opposition but involves a case-by-case examination of that particular zoo, its personnel and treatment of the elephants and techniques for training them; addresses, by contrast, her absolutely unequivocal antipathy toward the use of elephants in circuses, as well as her/PAWS’ attendant philosophical tenet that no animal should be forced into any type of performing situation. []

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