The Oregon Zoo has announced the name for their beloved elephant calf who was born on Nov. 30. According to a news release by the zoo, the public voted to name the new baby, “Lily.”
On Tuesday, Northwest Cable News, announced that Lily will make her public debut on Friday.
Though the 13-day-old calf has become a media sensation, her arrival is not without controversy.
Contractually, Lily is owned by the group, Have Trunk Will Travel. Per the terms of the contract agreement, the group has rights to the second, fourth and sixth offspring from sire, Tusko, a 40-year-old Asian elephant bull.
Administrators at the zoo insist that Lily is not going anywhere, but animal rights groups want something more concrete than their word.
Spear-heading the quest to ensure that Have Trunk Will Travel will never gain custody of Lily is Animal Defenders International (ADI).
Co-founder, Jan Creamer, has written to Oregon Zoo director, Kim Smith, stating:
“ADI has released recordings of training of elephants at Have Trunk Will Travel in Perris, CA, where the animals were hit with bullhooks and electric shocked with stun guns by the owners, Gary and Kari Johnson, and their trainers.
The video includes a vicious hit on the head and hooking in the mouth of baby elephant Tucker. The Johnsons, who have insisted that they stand by their training methods, own the elephant Tusko, and have a contractual agreement to Rose-Tu’s baby.
We are appalled at the prospect of Rose-Tu’s baby being handed over to Have Trunk Will Travel, considering the abuse seen on our video, and call upon the Oregon Zoo to rescind the agreement, in light of the evidence we have provided.”
Creamer worries that the controversial group may exercise their right to Lily several years down the road, after one of their current elephants becomes too old to perform and/or travel.
Shocking video evidence of painful, seemingly abusive, training techniques at Have Trunk Will Travel are spurring ADI, along with other animal-rights groups, to continue their quest to ensure that all legal claims to Lily are rescinded.
Click here to learn more about ADI’s efforts to ensure that Lily can remain permanently at the zoo.
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