Elephants in India. Image Source: Theodora.com

A spokesman for the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) in India confirmed reports that the authority had issued an order to shift elephants from the zoos.

The directive sent by by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) says zoos and circuses are “not the best places for the large animals” which “require a large area to move about freely”.

The decision follows reports from animal rights activists about elephants being chained and kept in captivity for long hours.

It is important to note that this move does not affect hundreds of elephants that are kept in temples across India – neither does it affect those used for working purposes such as transporting timber from forests. Read more here.