Tell Oregon Zoo to End its Harmful Elephant Breeding Program

  • By: Animal Advocates
  • Target: Oregon Zoo Director, Kim Smith - Director of Elephant Habitats, Mike Keele

A female Asian elephant calf was born Friday, November 30th at the Oregon Zoo in Portland- and she will become the legal property of a private company, Have Trunk Will Travel, of Perris, Calif., which assumes ownership of the newborn within a month. In the wild, mother and daughter live together for life.

Since 2005, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), has aggressively promoted breeding efforts to counteract declines in captive elephant populations.Zoos are desperate to breed more elephants at any cost, but for every elephant born, on average two others die. Of the 28 elephants born in Oregon, most are dead or were sent to a life of misery in the circus and roadside zoos. As a result, the traveling show is free to breed its elephants and exchange offspring with most U.S. zoos.

The controversial traveling elephant show rents out pachyderms to the entertainment industry, stages circuslike events and offers elephant rides at $500 an hour. The company offers elephant rides at regional fairs and zoos, and at wedding events. The also provide elephants for films. The company uses contoversial chains and bullhooks — long-handled, clawed-end training tools used to discipline elephants and train them to perform tricks.

Baby elephants are beaten and shocked, as shown here, caught on video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50wBdPhBQGo

SOURCE: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019822187_elephants04m.html

Oregon Zoo
Director Kim Smith
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97221
United States

503-220-2450


Mike Keele, Director of Elephant Habitats
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221-9704
(503) 223-9323 Fax
Email: OZF@oregonzoo.org

A female Asian elephant calf was born Friday, November 30th at the Oregon Zoo in Portland- and she will become the legal property of a private company, Have Trunk Will Travel, of Perris, Calif., which assumes ownership of the newborn within a month. In the wild, mother and daughter live together for life.





Since 2005, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), has aggressively promoted breeding efforts to counteract declines in captive elephant populations.Zoos are desperate to breed more elephants at any cost, but for every elephant born, on average two others die. Of the 28 elephants born in Oregon, most are dead or were sent to a life of misery in the circus and roadside zoos. As a result, the traveling show is free to breed its elephants and exchange offspring with most U.S. zoos.





The controversial traveling elephant show rents out pachyderms to the entertainment industry, stages circuslike events and offers elephant rides at $500 an hour. The company offers elephant rides at regional fairs and zoos, and at wedding events. The also provide elephants for films. The company uses contoversial chains and bullhooks — long-handled, clawed-end training tools used to discipline elephants and train them to perform tricks.





Baby elephants are beaten and shocked, as shown here, caught on video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50wBdPhBQGo

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