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Elephant advocates converged on Portland from all parts of the globe to listen, learn, be inspired and mobilize to move forward with an alliance to help solve the problems for captive elephants everywhere at the International Free the Elephants Conference & Film Festival. This blog by artist Thyra Rutter, who was a panelist and moderator at the conference says it beautifully and eloquently. Photography by Mariah Finch 

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Conference Updates! Lodging Share Board, New Ticket Types, and more! standard

Our Free the Elephants Conference is right around the corner in 20 days! Here are a few updates for those registered, or for those who are thinking about it: We’ve heard from some attendees that they would like the opportunity to share their hotel stay with a roommate in order to reduce expenses. If you’re interested in a lodging share, please send an email requesting the Lodging Share Board link from conference@freeoregonzooelephants.org. Those conference attendees requesting will be given access to a private Google Doc where they can post their contact info to share with others who may be interested in a Lodging Share. Early Bird Registration is over, and along with Regular Registration we have launched some new ticket types ...

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One Green Planet shares news about our conference standard

“At the forefront of these encouraging changes is a gathering of some of the wisest, most inspiring warriors in the fields of elephant care, science, and advocacy; hearteningly, these change-makers are bringing their passion and mission to Portland, Oregon with the Free the Elephants Conference and Film Festival (FECFF). Some of the highlights of this labor-of-love include a dream team of elephant experts, award-winning films, and exemplary wildlife photography.” Early bird registration ends March 31, register now for this history-making conference. 

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Blackfish director endorses Free the Elephants Conference standard

It is time for elephants to have their “Blackfish” moment. Gabriella Cowperthwaite, director of Blackfish, agrees.  “Through making the film Blackfish, I learned how unsuited orcas, the world’s largest ocean-dwelling mammals, are to captivity. I also came across so many issues that are hiding in plain sight. Elephants, the world’s largest land mammals, suffer equally in captivity. It is time to shine a giant spotlight on their suffering and put an end to the imprisonment and exploitation of elephants in zoos, in circuses, in tourism. The International Free the Elephants Conference & Film Festival is a wonderfulopportunity to mobilize efforts to create a path out of enslavement and foster a new way of seeing, a new way of appreciating and ...

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World Zoothanasia Day standard

World Zoothanasia Day Saturday, Feb. 10 The Oregon Zoo 12 to 2pm In honor of Packy, the elephant unnecessarily euthanized by the Oregon Zoo, the day of his death, Feb. 9, 2017 has been declared World Zoothanasia Day by international animal organization In Defense of Animals and Dr. Marc Bekoff.* We are planning to honor World Zoothanasia Day on Saturday, Feb. 10 so that as many as possible can join us. Recently 9 lion cubs were killed at a Swedish Zoo. The cubs were healthy, the only reason the zoo gave to kill them was they were considered “surplus” animals. Over 3,000 animals are unnecessarily killed every year in zoos worldwide. As Marc Bekoff* states, this is not euthanasia, which ...

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