RIP LILY: vigil tonight Sat. Dec. 1 at the Oregon Zoo standard

Thursday, November 29, one day before her sixth birthday Lily died from the herpes virus at the Oregon Zoo. Lily is the 21st out of 28 elephants born at the zoo to die. She is the 4th elephant to die in the last three years. We are deeply saddened for Rose-Tu, Lily’s mother and her adopted aunties, Chendra and Shine.  Lily’s death is our rallying cry to end the failed breeding program at the zoo, so no more elephants live and die in a zoo, never to know one day of freedom or experience life as a real elephant. Join us tonight, Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5 to 7pm for a vigil and protest at the Oregon Zoo. And please ...

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FOZE response to Oregon Zoo Director standard

Recently, Don Moore, Director of the Oregon Zoo posted statements on the Zoo’s website chastising Care 2 for its Free Chendra billboards and called FOZE out for being anti zoo. Here is our response. And you can see the director’s statement on the Zoo site here. Director’s statement on misinformation in anti-zoo campaign ZOO: The worldviews of animal and wildlife advocates are as varied as their chosen causes, from animal rights to habitat conservation. Some groups are firmly anti-zoo, and though this perspective is at odds with our mission, we share their passion for the well-being of animals. FOZE: We have always said we are anti elephants in zoos, not anti zoo, but no matter how many times we say it, ...

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When is a zoo like a circus? standard

The Oregon Zoo claims to be about conservation, but Happy Hour For the Elephants, Happy Hour For the Hippos, Zoo concerts, Campouts at the zoo, etc, prove otherwise.   What tactics were used to train the elephants to perform for zoo visitors? Since the zoo refuses to give up its use of bullhooks, we have to wonder if the elephants were trained to perform using this weapon. Since they were young, they were coerced into action with the bullhook, so by the time they are adults, simply pointing the dull end is sufficient to get them to behave however the zoo staff wants them to. That is why at FOZE we advocate for the zoo to adopt a total protected contact ...

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