Petition: Tuberculosis Among Captive Elephants is a Threat

Petition: Tuberculosis Among Captive Elephants is a Threat

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Over 60 captive have been confirmed as infected with a human strain of tuberculosis (TB) since the mid-1990s. Many have died from the disease. It’s time to end elephant captivity to help stop the spread of TB.

According to National Geographic reporting, an estimate of 5 to 6 percent of 400 elephants in US or other captive habitats are infected.

With heightened awareness of virus spread thanks to the pandemic, animal experts are urging the captive elephant industry to be aware of and test for TB in elephants.

Elephants size and long trunks can make transmission between elephants and humans a risk factor. Adam Langer, branch chief of surveillance, epidemiology, and outbreak investigations for the CDC, told National Geographic that TB can stay in the air for several hours and that “it is possible to become infected after a short exposure.”

Langer cautions, “Therefore, sharing air space with an elephant with TB can pose a higher risk of becoming infected than the same exposure to a person.”

PETA recently called on the Indian government to ban elephant exhibits and training over concerns about TB. “Many captive elephants in the country suffer from TB. It is high time we unshackle all elephants and allow them to live freely, as nature intended.

Banning their use in performances would bring us closer to that goal and protect the public from this source of tuberculosis. has shown us that zoonotic disease risks must be taken seriously.

The Ministry can issue a central notification in the official Gazette of India banning the exhibition and training of elephants as performing animals,” said PETA India CEO and veterinarian Dr. Manilal Valliyate in a letter to the government.

Two elephants at the Oregon Zoo have contracted TB. Elephants should not be in captivity, period.

Read more recent news about elephants in One Green Planet including the DC Council’s ivory ban, Indian elephants rejoice during COVID-19 lockdown and a rescued elephant celebrates freedom!

Sign this petition to send elephants from the Oregon Zoo to a sanctuary!

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 20 September 2020. Lead Image Source : Bigone/

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M Leybra
M Leybra

I’m on the page re ‘captive elephants w/ TB. Don’t know why I’m being posted on different article.

M Leybra
M Leybra

Their whole species is threatened due to loss of habitat from increasing human population expansion development. End keeping them in captivity for human entertainment greed.


I meant form of child abuse of course. This child should be in school learning how to preserve nature and the environment for the future, not killing defenceless wild animals. She said she was nervous and shaking – how does she think the bear felt – she is obviously heartless now – what is she going to be like in the future – as a parent maybe – she going to teach her kids to murder wild animals too?!


Outrageous. Surely, the parents encouraging this child to kill defenceless wild animals is a farm of child abuse?

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Stacey Holliday

Cindy ,,Thx sis xo

Cindy Zimmermann

Stacey Holliday signed

Martyn Williams

Signed. Nº.3,005

Jordan Stevens