How sad that an organization of supposedly educated beings would support and defend the inhumane treatment of such an immensely gentle creature as an 18-year-old elephant.
I admit that I am not an expert in "zoology." I tend to anthropomorphize my "human" feelings to special animals like elephants. I too would become "aggressive" if I came out of a drugged state to find myself in a completely unknown place, with no familiar friends, only brutal and unfeeling strangers who would use hard sticks (ax handles) to control me.
It would seem that the so-called breeding program is no more civilized than the ignorance that is destroying the animals in the wild to begin with.