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Sunday Outreach at the Zoo
Join us every Sunday from 12noon to 1pm for our flyer outreach at the zoo. It’s a great way to engage the public to let them know about the elephants’ suffering and how they can help to end it. We are there every week barring a rain or snow storm. Please like us on Facebook to show Metro and the Oregon Zoo how many people want freedom for the elephants. Contact Metro and Oregon Zoo officials by email, phone, fax or post. Show up at rallies, protests, public meetings or testify at Metro hearings. Be sure to add your name to our mailing list, so we can keep you informed on the latest news regarding the issues and events.
Share our Flyers with Friends and Neighbors
Help us spread awareness among your friends and neighbors on the ongoing issues. Click here to obtain printable flyers that can also be shared on social media.
Contact Metro Councillors & the Zoo Director
Contact Metro Councilors and the Oregon Zoo director to remind them of their responsibility to provide more humane conditions for the eight zoo elephants. Hold them accountable for honoring the promises they made in 2008 in return for voter support for the $125 million zoo bond measure . Tell them you want freedom for the eight Oregon Zoo elephants. Demand that they abandon their misguided plans for an aggressive elephant breeding program. Even if you are not a resident of Oregon, you can tell Metro councilors and the Oregon Zoo director that condemning elephants to lives in captivity at the Oregon Zoo is not acceptable and tantamount to animal cruelty. Zoo Director Donald Moore 503-220-2450 Contact Metro President Tom Hughes 503-797-1889 Councilor Shirley Craddick, district 1 Councilor Carlotta Collette, district 2 Councilor Craig Dirksen, district 3 Councilor Kathryn Harrington, district 4 Councilor Sam Chase, district 5 Councilor Bob Stacey, district 6 Find which district you live in
FOZE will be periodically organizing demonstrations to protest the captivity & poor living conditions of the eight Oregon Zoo elephants, at the gates of the Oregon Zoo. Please join us to show your support. Events will be announced here, in our mailing list, and via social media.
Speak Your Mind
Metro allows public testimony at its weekly meetings. FOZE will be choosing the most opportune times for citizens to show up and testify in numbers. Sign up for our email list or watch our website and Facebook page to be notified of dates and times. Write letters to the zoo, Metro and to the editors of your local media. Here is an excerpt from a letter to the zoo, in response to the zoo’s solicitation for membership:
Dear Jani Iverson,
… the Oregon Zoo’s treatment of elephants is particularly distressing to me. I am well aware of the concerns surrounding the use of bullhooks and captive breeding programs. Nowhere does the Oregon Zoo’s true motives shine more glaringly than in its breeding of elephants. For the sake of profits gained through boosted attendance when a baby elephant arrives, a living being is created- yet when his novelty wears off, THE OREGON ZOO WASHES ITS HANDS OF HIM AND SELLS HIM OFF TO A CIRCUS. He then faces years of slavery and torturous treatment. Shame on those responsible for these decisions- and if you were not directly involved, SHAME ON YOU FOR STANDING BY. Please remove my name and address from your promotional lists. I assure you, your invitations to join the Oregon Zoo will go in vain here.
Sincerely and without regret, Dominica Roberts
And here is a letter to Metro and the Zoo regarding Packy’s death:
(Note, Shirley is actually 69 years old now.)
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Tell Your Friends & Family About FOZE
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Make A Donation
Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants is a group of dedicated volunteers. We are working to enlighten the public and our public officials about the plight of the 8 elephants at the Oregon Zoo. We are currently using our own resources, but in order to continue and expand our efforts, we are asking for financial donations. Any amount would be helpful to cover our costs for printing flyers, creating posters and other outreach materials.