Oregon Zoo: Stop contract between Oregon Zoo and Have Trunks Will Travel
  • Petitioned Kim Smith, director 503-220-2450

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Kim Smith, director 503-220-2450

Oregon Zoo: Stop contract between Oregon Zoo and Have Trunks Will Travel

    1. Briana Steiner
    2. Petition by

      Briana Steiner

      Vancouver, WA

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December 2012

Victory

Briana Steiner: The following letter was sent the to Seattle Times from the company which owns Rose-Tu's new elephant calf: December 6, 2012 Letter to the Editor Seattle Times Have Trunk Will Travel would like to correct the inaccurate and inflammatory news reports that led people to believe that we were going to take Rose-Tu’s calf from her. This unnecessary controversy has taken away from the joy and celebration of the birth of the beautiful, healthy elephant calf born to Rose-Tu and Tusko. She is being nursed and nurtured by her mother. That is a great accomplishment. This birth epitomizes what we work toward and what we care about. Have Trunk Will Travel is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. We partner with zoos and others and work together to enhance the propagation and survival of this endangered species. The breeding loan agreement we have with the Oregon Zoo is common among elephant holding facilities. We cooperate and collaborate with many zoos. We, along with our dedicated staff, care for our elephants every day. We donate our time and money for the elephant causes we believe in. We are proud to work with and for our elephants and earn the revenue it takes to care for them and to support our breeding program and the conservation work we contribute to. We regret that misinformation has caused our partners and the public distress. The heavily edited video purporting abuse of our elephants taken by an animal rights extremist group is being run along with the story. The seven year old video is a blatant attempt to malign our character and reputation. The video was at the heart of a lawsuit brought against us by an animal rights extremist group. That case was dismissed with prejudice. No legitimate animal welfare agency or elephant management group has given the video any credence. Everyone at Have Trunk Will Travel is grateful for the outpouring of support from our friends, fans, the elephant and zoo communities and especially the Oregon Zoo. We look forward to meeting the new baby. Gary and Kari Johnson Have Trunk Will Travel, Inc.

UPDATE:  News conference this morning:  12/4/2012 Kim Smith stated that the company does in fact own the baby.  However, she said they are in negotiations to keep the baby here.  The Oregon Zoo Posted that she will be staying, however viewers, members, tax payers, and the general public do not have proof that she will stay and not go to the abusers....The thing I am worried about here is the company that the Oregon Zoo has the contract with.  Unless it is in writing that they are not going to take the calf away, how can we be sure that the calf will not be taken and used by these traveling animal abusers??

The Oregon Zoo needs to break the contract that allows Have Trunks Will Travel take control of female elephant born at 2:17 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.
Have Trunk Will Travel is a traveling zoo who rents out their elephants after being "trained" with abusive measures. This baby belongs to the People of the City of Portland, OR...and most importantly Rose Tu, her mother. Elephants are very smart creatures and live as families for life. Do not tear apart this family!

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    1. Baby will stay at the zoo!

      Briana Steiner
      Petition Organizer
      Have Trunk Will Travel's letter to editor about elephant calf

      The following letter was sent the to Seattle Times from the company which owns Rose-Tu's new elephant calf: December 6, 2012 Letter to the Editor Seattle Times Have Trunk Will Travel would like to correct the inaccurate and inflammatory news reports that led people to believe that we were going to take Rose-Tu's calf from her.

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. No Clairification

      Briana Steiner
      Petition Organizer
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    5. Reached 200 signatures
    6. She apparently belongs to Have Trunk Will Travel. Zoo wants to keep her.

      Briana Steiner
      Petition Organizer
      Does baby elephant really belong to traveling circus?

      PORTLAND, Ore. - A strange development came to light Monday night after The Seattle Times reported that Rose-Tu's new baby elephant born just last week belongs to a traveling circus. According to The Times, the Oregon Zoo has a valid contract with the traveling circus known as "Have Trunk Will Travel" and doesn't have legal custody of the calf.

    7. Reached 100 signatures

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    • ilene Lewis NORTHBROOK, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is heart breaking.

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    • Lisa Iacofano CAMPBELL, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Please stop the cycle of abuse! It's hard enough animals being in captivity in a zoo, but the circus' and such are horrific, traumatic, and no animal should be subjected to the life of a traveling elephant. Please save this baby for a life of pure hell!

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    • Caroline Goigoux ILE DE FRANCE, FRANCE
      • almost 2 years ago

      A zoo is not the ideal place for animals but if they are to continue existing they must respect a minimum of rules ; if not what are they teaching the younger generations? Nothing. Elephants need to stay with their mothers for the first four years. It's a rule dictated by nature, why fight it?!

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    • Shar Wilson SCARBOROUGH, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. ~Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

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    • Diane McNally VICTORIA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Elephant intellience is as high as ours. The live in highly socially and emotionally bonded groups.Captivity and is wrong. But for the captives, at least let them have their families.This little baby would stay with her maternal group for life. Let her do that, and stop breeding programs.

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