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.
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.