Julie Grosso: Circus life stressful for elephants

Dear Editor: The Ohio incident where exotic animals were released and police killed most of them brought to mind an incident in Wisconsin that happened over 10 years ago. A circus elephant escaped after it became spooked when a new trainer moved too fast in setting down a prop. Thankfully, this incident didn’t turn deadly like another notorious incident in Hawaii, where Tyke the elephant killed her trainer before hundreds of spectators and was shot 86 times by police before she died.

Given the realities of circus life for elephants — constant exposure to changing environments, bright lights, loud noises and being in crowds with children and with other animals — it is inconceivable that a healthy elephant would be so startled. It may mean that she is already under excessive stress, meaning that a flight reaction could be triggered easily, at any time, even while performing or giving rides.

Julie Grosso


Julie Grosso: Circus life stressful for elephants.

June 4, 2004: Inside the monkey house – Isthmus | The Daily Page



Worth reading again: excellent article by Bill Lueders printed over 8 years ago in The Isthmus.

We come upon the baby in an incubator in the corner of a typically stark and sterile room. At first he looks dead. Then he stirs and within seconds opens his eyes, squinting at the bright light and strange faces, perhaps the first he has seen.

My tour hosts, primate center spokesperson Jordana Lenon and colony manager Chris Luethy, explain that this rhesus macaque, number r04040, was probably born earlier this same morning. He’s here because his mother for some reason refused to care for him, irrevocably.

Even in the wild, my hosts hasten to assure me, some monkey mothers reject their newborns. It’s the same thing I’m told when I ask about other horrors known to occur within the walls of this facility, the UW-Madison’s National Primate Research Center. Self-mutilation, cannibalism — sure, these things happen. But they happen in the wild as well.

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June 4, 2004: Inside the monkey house



Lynn Pauly: Try milk substitutes for sake of animals

Thank you for printing Karl Garson’s column, “A calf needs a cow’s milk, but you don’t,” on Oct. 15.

Here’s another reason why one might consider switching to non-diary milks such as almond or soy milk. Cows — female cattle — do not “give milk.” Just like humans, cows lactate as a result of being pregnant. And just like moms the world over, when a cow gives birth to her calf, the only thing she wants is to be near her baby.

But in modern dairy production, a cow is inseminated several times during her lifetime and her offspring is forcefully wrenched away from her shortly after birth so that her mother’s milk, which nature intended for her calf, can be fed to humans. It is a miserable existence.

Most of us truly do not wish to cause harm or pain to other living beings, but since we are led to believe that these animals are happy, we see no harm in dairy production.

— Lynn Pauly, Madison, co-director, Alliance for Animals

Lynn Pauly: Try milk substitutes for sake of animals.

Deanna S. Devaul: End barbaric practice of animal trapping

This week I learned of a dog named Handsome who died an untimely and painful death last weekend when he was caught by the head in a trap.

The trap was set on property owned by the Department of Natural Resources adjacent to a nature conservancy. What was to be an enjoyable day turned tragic for the unsuspecting dog and his owner.

Trapping is a barbaric practice that belongs in the past. Wild and domestic animals suffer immensely. I am concerned for human welfare, also. What happens when a child wanders off the path and is maimed or killed as Handsome was?

As a hiker and photographer who often wanders off the path, now I’m afraid to do what I enjoy so much in life. It’s a tragedy that animals have to suffer, and the majority of people have to accommodate a few people in the name of tradition.

There needs to be an end to trapping in Wisconsin.

— Deanna S. Devaul, Madison

Deanna S. Devaul: End barbaric practice of animal trapping.

Wisconsin milk board overstates dairy’s benefits to children, some experts say | WisconsinWatch.org

Long-term studies show consuming more than one serving of dairy a day doesn’t further decrease the risk of weak bones or fractures, Willett added.

And the Mayo Clinic’s Nelson said even being vegan doesn’t increase that risk.

“We know that those individuals who avoid milk and animal products that contain calcium do just fine in terms of their growth, their development, and their bone health,” she said.

Nelson said that’s because vegan diets can be rich in other foods that are good calcium sources.

“The profile of the vegan diet also helps you conserve calcium,” she added. “The person who eats a lot of meat or a high animal-protein diet has a tendency to lose more calcium … it’s a metabolic process that’s quite complex.”

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