Citizens Speak Out video

Citizens speak out for the Oregon Zoo elephants at Metro, September 2013. Over the last three years, many citizens have attended public meetings at Metro, the governmental agency which oversees the zoo, to ask councilors to honor the promises they made in 2008,  by releasing Packy and the other seven zoo elephants to a reserve or to a sanctuary.

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Tusko’s Sad Journey standard

Tusko was shipped from his native land of Thailand directly to a U.S. zoo. He was subsequently shipped seven more times from circus to theme park to rental business and back. This is a common practice among Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo industry organization regulated and funded by the captive elephant trade. 1971 – Born wild in Thailand 1978 – Shipped to Rex Williams from Sanford Central Florida Zoological Park 1979 – Shipped to Circus Vargas from Rex Williams 1982 – Shipped to Rex Williams from Circus Vargas 1987 – Shipped to African Wildlife Safari from Rex Williams 1992 – Shipped to Have Trunk Will Travel from African Wildlife Safari 1995 – Shipped to Chaffee Zoological Gardens from ...

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Elephant Health Records standard

Oregon Zoo Elephants Health Records Obtained in 2005 Chendrawasi (Chendra) Born 1993 wild. Recurring medical problems include chronic bilateral middle ear disease (inflammation of the middle ear, infection, discharge,etc.), anemia and skin allergies. Permanently blind in one ear from an injury received in Malaysia. Classic nail abscess (which the vet notes is “pretty alarming in an animal this young and small”). Bull hook wounds. (A bull hook is an outdated management tool with a steel hook on one end, used to train and control elephants.) Skin nicks found all over left front limb metacarpal “as though she were heavily ‘cured’ with a bull hook on this limb”. Keepers “may cure her more frequently and aggressively on this side because it’s her blind side”. Other puncture wounds and ...

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