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Elephant Beulah had painful infection when she died, USDA confirms

It’s possible to successfully treat Pyometra if it’s caught in its early stages — as it likely would have been had Beulah been a resident of an accredited sanctuary.

NHRP: ‘The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) is appalled to have learned that at the time of Beulah’s death at the Big E fair in September she had a painful infection of the uterus called Pyometra, as confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

We don’t yet know what if any treatment Beulah received for this infection or if the proprietors of the Commerford Zoo even understood she was sick. We don’t yet know if this infection caused her death, and we don’t yet know the cause of Karen’s death in March (we expect to learn more from the USDA soon).

The Commerford Zoo either failed to realize Beulah was sick and thus failed to treat her infection; or they knew she was sick and forced her to perform anyway… It’s possible to successfully treat Pyometra if it’s caught in its early stages — as it likely would have been had Beulah been a resident of an accredited sanctuary…

The Commerford Zoo’s unrelenting prioritization of their own financial interests over Beulah’s wellbeing is unconscionable. Their actions make clear they cared about Beulah’s capacity to give rides to groups of children and adults and stand for hours at a time while people touched her and posed for photos, not what Beulah herself needed…

The State of Connecticut failed her by allowing the Commerford Zoo to operate completely unchecked in the state despite it having been cited over 50 times for failing to meet the minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act.

The Commerford Zoo denied Beulah and Karen the opportunity to heal and thrive in a sanctuary. They continue to deny Minnie, the sole surviving Commerford elephant, the same opportunity. We won’t let those who failed Beulah fail Minnie as well… We’ll continue to fight until Minnie is safe in a sanctuary where she can live freely and with peace and dignity’. SOURCE…

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