Susan Sachs: Petting zoo at fair not proper way to treat animals
To the editor:
I am writing to urge your readers to boycott the petting zoo at the Three County Fair. The zoo’s owners, R.W. Commerford & Sons, have been cited numerous times for animal cruelty and violating animal welfare laws.
The animals in these petting zoos suffer tremendously. They are carted from town to town in small pens and cages. They live in almost constant states of discomfort, pain, depression and anxiety. When they are on display, they may have no rest, no shade, no respite from constant human gaze and contact.
The sole elephant in captivity is perhaps the saddest sight of them all. Elephants are highly intelligent beings, with emotional lives, meant to live in large social groups, roaming over thousands of acres of land.
In captivity, they can develop TB, painful leg and hoof diseases and profound depression.
What possible human pleasure or amusement could justify this? These animals deserve our compassion.