The Buttonwood Park Zoo is once again labeled one of the worst exhibits in the country for elephants.

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The In Defense of Animals 2012 list of ten worst zoos for elephants places New Bedford's zoo at number five on the list.

Nicole Meyer, Director of IDA's Elephant Protection Campaign tells WBSM News during the winter months, the elephants are stuck inside and don't get the exercise they need to stay healthy.

Meyer says the cramped space also adds to the aggression between Emily and Ruth.

 The IDA is calling for the Buttonwood Park Zoo to immediately close the elephant exhibit, and transfer Emily and Ruth to an elephant sanctuary.