Elephants on the Edge looks at the treatment of elephants in the wild and in captivity and makes a case for a new paradigm in the way humans view and interact with elephants. ““New scientific knowledge calls for new ethical practices,”” states the author. Throughout the book, she compares the current and past treatment of elephants in captivity to the Holocaust and the effects to post-traumatic stress disorder, exploring how various practices affect elephant psychology and health. Rescued elephants are used as case studies to highlight the negative effects humans have had on them. After reading this book, I am definitely more aware and concerned about the treatment of elephants. It became clear to me that the complexities of elephant society and their large home ranges make it virtually impossible to create a realistic living and social environment for captive elephants....

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