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)