In the final chapter of a case we’ve been following for some time now, the Knoxville Zoo has agreed
to pay a $9,000 fine stemming from the death of elephant handler Stephanie James, who was crushed by
Edie, a female African elephant.
The zoo was initially cited after PETA urged the Tennessee
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) to enforce the law in the
wake of the highly preventable fatality. TOSHA agreed with PETA and assessed a
fine, but the zoo had contested the decision before finally settling the case
In addition, after this incident, PETA urged the Knoxville
Zoo to switch to a safer and more humane method of working with captive
elephants called “protected contact,” in which barriers always separate
elephants and handlers and bullhooks are never used, and the zoo agreed. While this is a definite improvement, no zoo can provide an adequate
environment for the needs of elephants, so PETA will stay on the job until all captive
animals are free.
Article source: PETA Files