Precedent would help "rights" groups not only in their efforts to force zoos to relinquish their elephants, but eventually all animals. They have merely begun with the largest and most human animals. Canada has passed a law deeming orcas "non-human persons," and as such, may not be exhibited in human care. Marineland's remaining orca is grandfathered in, but when she dies, there will be no more on exhibit anywhere in Canada. "Rights" groups are also pushing for other species who have recognition of self (elephants, apes, magpies, orcas) to be released from human care. I'm afraid this is just the beginning. I wonder why the zoo doesn't argue that all of its animals are property, owned by the WCS. Property may not be taken away legally unless, in the case of animals, there is persistent cruelty or neglect. The Zoo has been certified by the AZA, a rating by the governing association of animal experts, which of itself rules out neglect or cruelty. In addition, there are still quite a number of other facilities which exhibit lone elephants who do not get along with any others, like Patty will be, setting a precedent. Why do we never hear the sensible arguments, only the nonsense from the extremists? Btw, does anyone know the status of Patty's TB? The Zoo related the initial positive trunk wash and the onset of meds, but I never understood why they claimed she didn't need to be quarantined. I can't help but wonder if being around TB could have taxed Maxine's immunity, bringing about her recent problems. There was never any word about health issues until she died, and I confess that I was quite stunned at the announcement.