Contacts: Courtney Scott 503-544-7384/
Annette Hadaway 503-750-9887/


Courtney Scott, president of FOZE
Courtney Scott is an indie filmmaker and photographer who became aware of the plight of zoo elephants back in 2007, during production of her film From Suffering to Satori. After a visit to the Oregon Zoo and seeing Packy pacing in his cage, she vowed to make a difference for Packy and all the elephants at the zoo. She started meeting with a small group of fellow advocates to strategize how to free the elephants to sanctuary. That small group became Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE), a 501 (c) 3 non profit.  Now FOZE is active on many fronts, testifying at Metro Council, meeting with the zoo directors, organizing rallies and demos, doing outreach at street fairs and schools, alligning with like-minded advocates and organizations around the country and world, and now in 2018, by producing the first International Free the Elephants Conference & Film Festival.

Annette Hadaway, core member of FOZE
 While researching a trip to Nepal in 2014, Oregon native Annette Hadaway discovered an article on the Cruelties of Elephant Tourism. The awakening to knowledge that captive elephants suffer, are tortured, abused by exploitation, with certain painful premature death led her to raising her voice while educating others. Three years and two trips to Nepal later Annette continues to advocate for elephants as a core member of Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants while learning hands on elephant foot care by attending the Elephant Foot Care Workshop Under the Direction of Carol Buckley Founder and CEO, Elephant Aid International. A successful Portland Metro Real Estate Broker, Annette also advocates for the Columbia River Gorge, is a volunteer hike leader and educates on the 10 Essentials of Hiking.
 Interview Questions

Why does the idea that captivity contributes to conservation persist?
Is there any validity to it?
What can be done to prevent extinction of elephants in the wild?
Why have 44 zoos closed or are in process of closing their elephant exhibits?
Are bull hooks necessary to manage elephants in captivity?
Is a four-acre exhibit sufficient to meet the needs of  elephants?What medical and psychological conditions do elephants in zoos have?
How successful is the zoo’s elephant breeding program?

What is meant by psychological extinction of elephants?
Where will the elephants go if released from the zoo?
Are sanctuaries the answer?
Now that Ringling has closed its doors, is it time to retire elephants from zoos?
Do zoo concerts have a negative impact on the elephants?
What do kids learn about elephants at zoos?
Media stories

 OPB “Think Out Loud”: Should Packy Stay at the Oregon Zoo

Courtney Scott on Lars Larson, KXL Radio

Oregonian Op Ed by Courtney Scott: Free Packy and the other Oregon Zoo elephants.

KOIN 6 The Elephant in the Room with the Oregon Zoo Bond4-part series

Elephant (Rama’s)  death draws criticism, CNN repost of KOIN report

Zoo keeper asked Metro not to euthanize Packy

The Oregon Zoo vs. Lily Tomlin: Celebrity activist wants to free the elephants

Animal Advocates and Keepers Urge Oregon Zoo Not To Kill Packy the Elephant if There Are Plans to Do So

Packy’s fight for life: ‘Meeting emotion with emotion

Packy’s untimely death should shine light on plight of elephants in zoos

Oregon Zoo Elephants Suffer in Equivalent of Puppy Mill NW Examiner

Interview with Carol Buckley, Elephant Aid International, Voices for the Animals KBOO FM

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