Thanks to OG for forwarding the IDE stuff a few days ago.
Portland, OR (February 9, 2017) – In Defense of Animals has reacted with horror at news that the life of outwardly healthy elephant, Packy, has been cut short by Oregon Zoo. Earlier this week, In Defense of Animals and Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants exposed a leak of closed-door, lethal discussions about the elephant between the Oregon Zoo management and Metro Council. In Defense of Animals and Dr. Marc Bekoff have declared today World Zoothanasia Day in honor of Packy, and countless other unwanted animals who are regularly killed by zoos.
54-year old Asian elephant Packy was the oldest known Asian male elephant in North America. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2013 but reportedly showed no signs of suffering from the disease. According to his keeper, “Packy has never shown any signs or symptoms of the TB infection. He is showing no signs of pain or discomfort. He is active, playful and engaged with keeper staff every day.” The Zoo’s own Facebook page repeatedly corroborates the absence of signs of illness in Packy, and in December a Zoo official told the Portland Tribune, “Day to day he doesn’t appear to be suffering…”
The anonymous zoo keeper who raised the alarm under the banner “Team Packy” on a dedicated Facebook page advised that, “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.”
Of course, having worked with animals for nearly half a century, I expected the display of outrage and horror from the Animal "Rights" groups, because that's how they make their money. So I didn't pay their "press release" much mind, because they do that stuff all the time. Looking through it today, however, it was of interest to note that they apparently have an "anonymous" mole in there. This occurs from time to time; I've encountered them on two continents. Very dedicated people, albeit a bit off track - the managers, after all, call the shots, so there is little that the caretakers can do but things like this. It never works, and it can be very vexing. I'm pretty sure I know who he is, and would give a shout-out to him - except that'd get him fired.
Bad management, as exists at Oregon Zoo, inevitably yields bad results.