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Law halts exhibits of captive elephants. San Francisco takes action as animal rights activists question if zoos can provide adequate sanctuary

, Jane Meredith Adams, Special to the Tribune

Convinced that elephants at the San Francisco Zoo have led a miserable existence, the Board of Supervisors here has approved a law that will make it difficult for the zoo ever to keep elephants again.

The law, which requires the creation of a 15-acre habitat before elephants can return to the zoo, comes as animal welfare groups nationwide are questioning whether zoos can provide an adequate environment for the world's largest land mammals.



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