Tragic incident at London Zoo
Friday 26 October 2001
Statement from The Zoological Society of London
Michael Dixon, Director General of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), issued the following statement at 12.30pm, 26th October 2001:
"Since the tragic incident at London Zoo on Saturday, we have moved from managing the elephants using the hands-on approach, which is accepted by the zoological industry world-wide as good practice for handling these animals. As an interim measure we are now using protected contact, which avoids staff handling the elephants directly. All three elephants are currently being given access to both the outside and inside enclosures. We will be in a position to make a fuller statement later."
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