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Posted: December 16, 2009 10:28 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Kudos to all the compassionate people who shouldered the responsibility of taking on the animals from Six Flags Magic Mountain's defunct petting zoo.

It's wonderful that animals won't be subjected to the cacophony of roller coasters and rides anymore, but the Six Flags Corp. should go one step further and eliminate animal displays at all its parks.

Out of 21 Six Flags theme parks in North America, just two facilities - Marine World in California and Wild Safari in New Jersey - exhibit elephants. Both Six Flags parks deprive these intelligent, sensitive animals of their most basic needs, including the opportunity to walk great distances, forage, explore, play and socialize in a herd environment.

With eight elephant deaths since 1995 at Marine World and at least four dangerous incidents, Six Flags is clearly doing a poor job of caring for elephants.

It's time for the company to get out of the animal business and focus on what it does best - providing theme-park entertainment.

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