Elephant activists appear at Metro meeting


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Several elephant activists attended the Metro Council meeting Thursday afternoon to press their views on the elephants at the Oregon Zoo.

The animal activists asked to retire Packy, the oldest and most famous of the elephants, to stop the breeding program and ask about a preserve for the elephants. They said Rosalyn Lake would be a perfect fit.

The group made their pleas following a series of KOIN 6 News investigations about the elephants at the Oregon Zoo.

The activists said they thought an off-site elephant sanctuary was part of the 2008 voter-approved Oregon Zoo bond.

The Metro Council, though, pointed out that was never part of the bond measure.

However, as KOIN 6 News uncovered in an earlier investigation, Councilor Carlotta Colette said money for an off-site preserve was in the $125 million bond at a Metro meeting six months prior to the vote.

Additionally, Sharon Harmon, the Executive Director of the Oregon Humane Society, “We have presentations by Metro personnel and zoo personnel. Went to meetings about it and we definitely came away with the impression that there would be an off-site reserve for the elephants. It’s just that, that’s what we believed was going to happen.”

Harmon endorsed the bond and had an argument in favor of the bond printed for voters to read, with bold words saying: “An Elephant Reserve is Crucial!”

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