Your Sept. 16 editorial, "The Elephant in the Room" asks a number of questions except for what should be the most important one: What's best for the elephants? If the Niabi Zoo can't meet American Zoological Association standards, which can hardly be described as coming close to meeting the needs of elephants, the zoo shouldn't have elephants at all.

But, as usual, what's best for the elephants gets lost in zoo/AZA politics. Forget the politics and think about the elephants!

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Amy Mayers

Washington D.C.