Take Action in Clatsop County to Ban Tools of Torture Used on Circus Animals

On the right Elephant Trainer and owner of Have Trunk will Travel Kari Johnson

On the right Elephant Trainer and owner of Have Trunk will Travel Kari Johnson

Clatsop County Oregon Commission will be voting on a ordinance to ban the use of bullhooks, electric prods, and whips used on elephants, felines, and primates on Wednesday, December 17th, 2013. The use of these implements of torture is associated with the circus industry. Follow the link and learn more about the “Saddest Show on Earth” Here!


You can be a voice for the animals that suffer so greatly in the entertainment industry. Please attend the meeting on December 11, 2013 at the Guy Boyington Building at 9th and Commercial, Astoria, Oregon or send your comment to the commissioners at:

Clatsop County Ordinance 2013-7 Opened for comment November, 13, 2013

Meeting time will be updated prior to December 11th.

Questions call 503-325-1556

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Portland Zoo Breaks Ties with Abusive Traveling Circus

By Kirsten Massebeau

Rose Tu's calve Lily now Owned by Portland ZooBy Portland Zoo

Rose Tu’s calve Lily now Owned by Portland Zoo
By Portland Zoo

On February 7, 2013 the Portland Oregon Zoo announced that they had purchased Rose Tu’s new calve Lily and the father to Lily and Sumadra,  Tusko who has been on loan since 2005. The Zoo has paid $400,000 for both elephants permanently ending their contract with “Have Trunk will Travel”! (Source)

On December 3, 2012 it was revealed by the Seattle Times that Rose Tu’s new calve was owned by the  traveling elephant circus, “Have Trunk will Travel” and could be seized one month after the birth.

Kari Johnson, who co-owns the business with her husband, Gary, confirmed Monday that Have Trunk Will Travel owns legal rights to the newborn under a contract signed with the Oregon Zoo in 2005. Details of the newborn’s future have not been worked out, she said.

“We are just thrilled,” Johnson said. “We’ll go for a visit soon. I just want to hug her.” (source)

Have Trunk will Travel has a controversial past and present relationship with the elephants they house, own, train, and use in their traveling circus. Under cover video secretly taken by ADI in 2007 documented cruel and abusive treatment of elephants. “The company has generated controversy over its 30-year history for its use of chains and bullhooks — long-handled, clawed-end training tools used to discipline elephants and train them to perform tricks”. (Source)

On the right Elephant Trainer and owner of Have Trunk will Travel Kari Johnson

Kari Johnson and fellow trainer harshly disiplining baby elephants

Thanks to the concerns of Oregonians and elephant advocates nationwide the Oregon Zoo has ended their relationship with Have Trunk Will Travel. Lily and Tusko are now owned by the Oregon Zoo and will not be subjected to a life of suffering with the travel circus. Although good news for the two elephants we at Clatsop Animal Advocates are hoping that Lily’s story will bring awareness and support for the elephants and animals that continue to suffer in circuses and entertainment industry worldwide.

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Elephants Suffering A Big Price For Human Entertainment

On the right Elephant Trainer and owner of Have Trunk will Travel Kari Johnson

On the right Elephant Trainer and owner of Have Trunk will Travel Kari Johnson

Elephant activists are making more headway everyday as evidenced by L.A. County’s recent announcement that would ban elephants from performing in circuses (sources) For many years animal  advocates have opposed the use of elephants in entertainment and for display. It has been proven time and time again how these highly intelligent and sensitive beings suffer in circuses, and captivity. Elephants live in complex communities where families stay together for a lifetime.

Lawrence Oliver's Elephant friends

Lawrence Oliver’s Elephant Friends

As seen most recently in March of 2012, an entire herd of elephants led by two matriachs traveled for 12 miles to pay respect to the man who loved them known as, “The Elephant Whisperer”, Lawrence Anthony who had passed away two days prior:

Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed about Lawrence ‘s passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked in such an organized way: Walking slowly – for days – Making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.*Lawrence’s wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years. (source)

With all the evidence and scientific proof of how these greatly these individuals suffer in circuses it seems that every county would turn away from the use of elephants in entertainment. We at Clatsop Animal Advocates would like to see the Portland Oregon Zoo follow the caring and loving example of Lawrence Anthony and end their relationship with Have Trunk Will Travel.

Isn’t it time that we of Clatsop County, all Oregonians and Americans stand up for elephants and put their welfare and best interests ahead of our selfish entertainment at their expense! Please follow the LINK and sign the petition asking the Oregon Zoo to end their relationship with Have Trunk Will Travel.

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Rose Tu’s Baby Owned By Cruel Traveling Circus

By Clatsop Animal Advocates

Rose Tu's Baby

Rose Tu’s Baby

Breaking news by the Seattle Times  has revealed that Rose Tu’s elephant baby is owned by a much criticized traveling circus. Although born at the Oregon Zoo the baby is in fact owned by “Have Trunk Will Travel” a cruel traveling circus that rents out elephants who could take that baby at any time if they chose. Although the Oregon Zoo claims this will not happen their close relationship with “Have Trunks will Travel” seems out of place as they claim love of elephants and conservation.

In an undercover video taken by ADI at “Have Trunks will Travel” California facility mature elephants and babies are repeatedly struck with the infamous and painful bull hooks. A female trainer kicks and stabs the elephants forcing them down to the ground. A baby cries out as two women pull it by the trunk and stab it with a stun gun. Footage shows many elephants lined up chained to the wall in a barren warehouse.

Knowing that the Oregon Zoo has a relationship with “Trunks will Travel” and continues to do so should concern Oregonians and people every where. We at Clatsop Animal Advocates believe this relationship with a traveling circus is wrong. By having a relationship with “Trunks will Travel” and by breeding their elephants the Oregon Zoo is supporting elephant abuse which today is unacceptable. Isn’t it time that the Oregon Zoo who claims to love elephants starts supporting the elephants and ends their relationship with this cruel traveling circus, “Have Trunks will Travel”.

Please sign the petition asking the Oregon Zoo to permanently end their relationship with “Have Trunks will Travel HERE.

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Baby Circus Elephants are not as Lucky as the Calf of Rose Tu

By Clatsop Animal Advocates Team


Rose Tu’s new baby at five hours old.

Rose-Tu, a new mother elephant at the Portland Zoo had a successful birth of her 300 pound baby girl (baby female elephant) on November 30th.  Because Rose-Tu’s daughter, who has not been officially named yet, was born at a zoo she will be treated far better than elephant calves that are bread at a private Texas ranch for Wringling Brothers.  The moving story of her exceptional birth serves as a reminder to us of the less fortunate creatures, not born at zoos as good as the Oregon Zoo.  Her birth into a caring environment is in notable contrast to the conditions under which circus elephants are bread, (most often artificially and at young ages).  Where as the Oregon Zoo is well known for their humane and clinical standards in how they treat their animals the cruelty of the calf mills .

We ought to follow the Oregon Zoo’s example  in Clatsop County and bring animal cruelty of these noble beasts to an end here.  Although a 2010 initiative to ban the cruel by definition businesses of animal circuses outright from Clatsop County failed, activists have refocused their efforts on the a new effort to ban the instruments of animal abuse.  Contact us to find out more .

Update 12/4/2012 Clatsop Animal Advocates is sad to report that the Oregon Zoo has a working relationship with an Elephant Traveling Circus well documented for abuse. Rose-Tu’s baby is in fact owned by “Have Trunks Will Travel”. Please follow the LINK to our latest post on this issue. 

Clatsop Animal Advocates (CAA)

Join Clatsop Animal Advocates and Stand up For Circus Animals

Circus Elephant Suffering

Clatsop Animal Advocates is a newly organized group with the intention of advocating for circus animals. We love circuses that do not use exotic animals for our entertainment.  We support sanctuary for all exotic animals suffering  in circuses today.

If you too support the exotic animals that suffer so greatly at the hands of circuses then please join us at the “Three Cups Coffee House” in Astoria on Saturday July 27st  at 3pm. Meeting times will be updated weekly.


Kirsten 503-440-2188

Andy 503-436-1373

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