Contacts: Nicole Meyer,
In Defense of Animals
Condemns Two Northwest Zoos Over Elephant Programs
demonstrate Saturday at Portland's Oregon Zoo
(December 13, 2012)- This Saturday, December 15, In Defense of Animals
(IDA), an international animal protection organization with an office in
Portland, will shine a spotlight on two Northwest zoos for a "Day of Action
for Elephants." IDA will hold simultaneous demonstrations at Portland's
Oregon Zoo and Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo.
What: Day of Action for
When: December 15, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Zoo's main entrance, 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon
Oregon Zoo came under national scrutiny last week after admitting that an
elephant born at the zoo is owned, through a breeding contract, by a
notorious elephant-rental company called Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT).
Despite claims by the zoo and HTWT that this newest baby will remain at the
zoo, the zoo cannot provide any guarantee the elephant will stay with her
mother forever. Further, other elephants born under the agreed upon terms
will also be owned by HTWT.
"In its desperate attempt to breed
elephants, the Oregon Zoo seems to forget one key element of its mission:
the welfare of its elephants." says IDA spokesperson Nicole Meyer. "If the
zoo truly cared about elephants, it would end its exploitative breeding
program and terminate its contract with Have Trunk Will Travel."
Seattle Times recent investigative report Glamour Beasts(http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2019809167_elephants02m.html)
cut through zoo industry rhetoric, exposing the disturbing facts and
failings of elephant programs that zoos are desperate to hide from the
public. The report, focused primarily on the Oregon Zoo and the Woodland
Park Zoo, uncovered a history of abuse, neglect, deaths, exploitative
breeding practices, and shady deals.
The Oregon Zoo has a miserable
record of sending young, vulnerable elephants into harm's way. The zoo has
already sent six baby elephants to circuses or circus trainers, and is now
bartering babies with yet another exploitative company that trains elephants
with sharp metal bullhooks to perform tricks for entertainment. What is even
more disturbing is that the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
sanctions these types of breeding deals, raising the question of the AZA's
overall credibility and integrity.