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Update: We are very sad to report, the Oregon Zoo killed Packy on February 9th, 2017. Read about it here. 

Packy, a 54-year old Asian elephant currently held captive at the Oregon Zoo desperately needs you. An elephant keeper and another zoo employee at the Oregon Zoo, dubbing themselves “Team Packy,” have exposed what In Defense of Animals has described as a closed-door, lethal discussion between the Oregon Zoo management and Metro Council to kill Packy.

In Defense of Animals and Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants are urgently asking citizens to make a plea to officials not to kill this gentle giant. “Euthanasia is killing out of compassion to alleviate an individual’s suffering. This does not appear to be the case for Packy,” notes Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., Elephant Scientist for In Defense of Animals. This is not okay!

As the oldest male Asian elephant in North America, Packy deserves to live out his golden years in freedom, peace, and dignity.

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For the past 54 years of his life, he has been subjected to a life in an enclosure that undoubtedly pales in comparison to a wild environment.

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One of Packy’s keepers posted on Facebook stating, “It appears Zoo Management and Metro are about to make the decision to put Packy down and this decision is not based on science, safety or Packy’s best interest. It is a risk based decision made by politicians, attorneys and other officials who fear the future repercussions of keeping him alive.”

Packy was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2013 but reportedly shows no signs of suffering from the disease. “If Packy really is not suffering, the zoo owes him hospice, not death,” said In Defense of Animals President, Dr. Marilyn Kroplick. “Research shows that elephants are self-aware and conscious animals. Oregon Zoo brought Packy into the world and profited from him; now they need to provide the care he needs.”

Elephants in the wild spend their days roaming miles of natural habitat, foraging for fresh food, and socializing with other elephants. Packy, however, never had the privilege of growing up in the wild like other elephants.

Please take a few minutes to speak up for Packy and ask your friends and family to do the same. Contact Oregon Zoo, the Zoo Foundation, and Metro Council and ask that they do not euthanize Packy.
Oregon Zoo’s Director, Don Moore, 503-220-2450
Metro Council President, Tom Hughes, 503-797-1989
Oregon Zoo Foundation Communications Coordinator, Rita Paolo, 503-220-5771

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Image Source: In Defense of Animals/Team Packy

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0 comments on “Tell the Oregon Zoo Not to Euthanize Their 54-Year-Old Elephant Packy!”

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Terry Farrow
8 Months Ago

Come on people please sign this.


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christine
8 Months Ago

Please watch Packy for outer sign of stress and pain....DO NOT KILL PACKY UNTIL YOU KNOW YOU CAN SLEEP DEEP AND NOT REMEMBER TAKING A LIFE ... BEFORE IT IS TIME! THANK YOU


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Daniel Brown
8 Months Ago

Packy was euthanized today... Very sad day indeed... I DO hold out in the goodness of the actual zoo keepers who I know do a wonderful job with the animals at this comparatively excellent zoo... I also believe that indeed he would pass eventually from this, and as someone local to the area, I know it was a VERY hard decision as such a beloved icon for us in Portland. As such, II doubt they did it out of "convenience", but I do feel it would have been better to transfer him to a sanctuary until he showed obvious signs of discomfort/distress before euthanizing him. :(


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Daniel Brown
09 Feb 2017

By the way, he did kick the disease in 2013, but it came back much more antibacterial resistant just a couple of months ago. It is disingenuous to say that he has been living with it continuously since 2013 when that is simply not true.

DiAnna Drysdale
8 Months Ago

THERE IS NO REASON TO END PACKY\'S LIFE! THERE ARE AMPLE SANCTUARIES THAT WILL TAKE HER IN AND ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT HER AND LET LIVE OUT HER LIFE. SHE IS JUST NOT $$$$. PLEASE RELEASE HER ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Laurie Heijn
8 Months Ago

There is no need to euthanize him. There are sanctuaries that will take him.


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Stefan Fink
8 Months Ago

Thank you


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Stefan Fink
8 Months Ago

You made a lot of Money with Packy... so she should have safety Live. You can show her as a Attraction of a old Lady with well done Work for your Zoo.


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Liz Hopkin
8 Months Ago

Dear Mr Moore
I implore you not to destroy Packy this beautiful creature. Please send him to a sanctuary where he can live out the rest of his years with some degree of freedom which he so badly deserves. Killing this animal is not the answer and unnecessary!


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Jeanneter
8 Months Ago

Please send Packy to an elephant sanctuary.


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Patricia Laramie
8 Months Ago

Packy has provided for humans all of his life. Is it now not time for us to provide for him. Let Packy retire to a sanctuary to live out his days in well deserved peace and tranquility.


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