Target: Donald E. Moore, The Metro Council and Oregon Zoo Director
Goal: Release Chendra the elephant from the Oregon Zoo and move her to a sanctuary before she dies like a previous elephant who lived there.
In February, an elephant was euthanized at the Oregon Zoo after suffering there for over 50 years. Packy, the 54-year-old Asian elephant, was a victim of years of abuse and cruelty. Packy was allegedly relentlessly bred with other elephants – and they once even attempted to breed him with his own sister. Not only that, he was deprived of adequate room to move around that eventually led to other chronic medical and psychological problems.
Currently, Chendra is the only Borneo pygmy elephant at the zoo. As a result, she is experiencing rejection from others in the pack because she is the only one of that specific species. She was also recently diagnosed with profound stereotypic behavior. She spends most of her days walking around in circles and that is a sign of depression and boredom in these animals. Her extreme loneliness puts her at serious risk.
National Geographic stated that female Asian elephants live to an average of only 19 years in zoos compared to 42 years in the wild. And life is worse for them in this zoo specifically. The Oregon Zoo has been named seven times as one of the worst zoos in the U.S.
It may be too late for Packy, but there is still hope for Chendra. Sign this petition to demand that Chendra is sent to live the rest of her life in a sanctuary before she is forced to suffer the same fate as Packy.
Dear Donald E. Moore,
After what happened to Packy, you should be more concerned about the lives of the rest of the elephants at your zoo. Chendra, in particularly, is showing serious signs of distress, boredom, and depression.
Chendra is the only elephant of her specific species left at your zoo and is experiencing rejection from the others as a result. This has driven her to extreme loneliness and puts her at serious risk. The zoo’s decision to euthanize Packy instead of letting him live out the rest of his life in a sanctuary was cruel and inhumane. You should not sentence Chendra to the same unfortunate fate.
If she continues to live at your zoo she will become more and more unhappy. We encourage you to seek out a new living location for Chendra and to start treating all your elephants with better care.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Cacophony