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Ed Stewart is president of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), which he and partner Pat Derby co-founded in 1984. PAWS operates three sanctuaries in Northern California that are home to more than 100 rescued and retired animals, including 8 elephants, 32 tigers, lions, bears, primates and other species. Ed managed the development and design of the 2,300-acre ARK 2000, the country’s largest wildlife sanctuary. He has more than 32 years of experience caring for elephants, both Asian and African. Ed, Pat Derby and PAWS have been featured in numerous national media stories promoting PAWS’ campaigns to protect captive wildlife.

No Ethical Way to Keep Elephants in Captivity

In this guest blog post, Ed Stewart, president, and co-founder, of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, takes issue with a News Watch post by Jordan Carlton Schaul about elephants in zoos. “The reason the management of elephants in captivity is coming under such scrutiny, is not, as [Schaul] states, because zoos and sanctuaries offer different environments for elephants, but because zoos and sanctuaries have different philosophies about captivity itself,” Stewart writes. On top of that, he adds, there presently exists no state-of-the-art keeping of elephants in captivity.