If you live in or around Portland Oregon you probably know that November 30th was a special day. Rose-Tu, a captive Asian elephant at the Portland zoo gave birth to a calf. Lots of pictures were taken and lots of comments on how cute the baby is were flowing across the news channels.
But not everyone was smiling.
Yes, the baby is very cute and it is hard not to smile when looking at someone so innocent and precious. But the first thought that came to my mind is that this little being will spend the rest of her life in captivity.
What does Lily have to look forward to:
Her future at the Portland zoo isn’t even guaranteed. Elephants are often moved to new facilities or sent to perform in circuses.
I am not naïve. I know that elephants in the wild are hunted, there environments are shrinking, and they are endangered. But zoos and wild animal parks are not the answer. While living in the wild has a whole different set of problems the very, very least we can do is stop the breeding and capture of elephants and improve the life for those remaining in captivity while we figure out how to save those still living free.