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ELEPHANT DEATH DRAWS PROTEST.



Byline: ALEX DOBUZINSKIS Staff Writer

More than 30 animal rights activists chanted anti-zoo slogans and waved tombstone-shaped placards Sunday outside the Los Angeles Zoo The Los Angeles Zoo founded in 1966, is a large zoo located in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Zoo, located in Los Angeles' Griffith Park, is home to 1,200 animals from around the world.
 to protest the death of a 48-year-old Asian elephant Asian elephant

Elaphus maximus.
.

Hoping to discourage visitors from entering the park, some protesters also wore black to mourn Gita, who died Saturday in her enclosure.

Necropsy necropsy /nec·rop·sy/ (nek´rop-se) examination of a body after death; autopsy.

nec·rop·sy
n.
See autopsy.



necropsy

examination of a body after death. See also autopsy.
 results are pending, but the protesters claim Gita died because she could not roam free like her counterparts in the wild.

``Gita was in her middle-age at 48, not in her old age as the zoo wants you to believe,'' said Bill Dyer, regional director of the group In Defense of Animals In Defense of Animals (IDA) is an animal welfare organisation based in San Rafael, California, USA. Its slogan is "working to protect the rights, welfare, and habitats of animals". . ``Elephants can live into their 70s or more in a natural habitat. It is the unnatural conditions of zoos that shortens their lives.''

On Saturday at about 5 a.m., zoo workers found Gita sitting on her haunches, which can endanger an elephant's life by cutting off circulation and releasing fatal toxins into the 8,000-pound animal's bloodstream. Veterinarians Veterinarians and veterinary surgeons (vets) are medical professionals who operate exclusively on animals. Well-known and notable veterinarians include:
  • Wayne Allard, a U.S.
 tried to raise the animal onto her feet, but the Asian elephant died at 9:40 a.m.

``She was beloved by many people, not just the staff but visitors, and it's a tremendous loss,'' said Jason Jacobs, a spokesman for the zoo. ``Animals are born in the Los Angeles Zoo, and as a natural part of the cycle animals also die at the Los Angeles Zoo.''

Two years ago, a female African elephant named Tara died of heart failure at 40. Protesters said the zoo has a history of elephants dying before their time. The zoo did not immediately respond to that claim.

Some of the protesters carried placards shaped like tombstones tombstones

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, with the names of Los Angeles Zoo elephants that have died. They formed a line facing visitors, who were filing their way to the ticket booths.

Actor Chris DeRose Chris DeRose (born June 28, 1948) in Brooklyn, New York is an animal rights activist and a former actor. He appeared on General Hospital, Cagney and Lacey, CHiPs, The Rockford Files and Baretta. He was an on camera reporter for the television shows Hard Copy and Inside Edition. , one of the protesters, said one family turned back early in the demonstration.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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