Commissions to probe death of Kyiv Zoo elephant
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2010:
KYIV–The Kiev city government on May 5, 2010 announced that
two separate commissions of senior personnel from other zoos in the
Ukraine and Russia would investigate the April 26, 2010 death of the
Kyiv Zoo elephant Boy, 39.
Kyiv Zoo director Svitlana Berzina claimed Boy had been
poisoned, but SOS Animals Ukraine founder Tamara Tarnawska produced
skeptical statements from British and German zoo experts. Tarnawska
has long campaigned against substandard conditions at the zoo, which
was considered particularly unsuitable for an elephant.
“In 2008, as part of a campaign to urge citizens to help
support the zoo, Kyiv mayor Leonid Chernovetsky said he personally
pays $6,000 a month for the feeding and care of Boy,” recalled
Svitlana Tuchynska of the Kyiv Post.