Target: Mark Loomis, Interim Executive Director of the Oregon Zoo Foundation
Goal: Continue to treat Packy the elephant’s tuberculosis as long as he is not suffering, rather than have him euthanized.
Two anonymous employees at the Oregon Zoo have leaked insider information that zoo management may be planning to euthanize Packy, the zoo’s oldest Asian elephant. According to zoo officials’ past statements, Packy is struggling with a reoccurring bout of antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis. However, the zoo has also confirmed that Packy is still able to function normally in his day-to-day life with no evidence of suffering, making the alleged decision to euthanize him extremely questionable.
Packy is very unlikely to be transferred to an elephant sanctuary in lieu of euthanasia due to the highly infectious nature of tuberculosis. Instead, the Oregon Zoo should give him a fighting chance at recovery as long as he is not suffering. Ask that the zoo continue to try to find an effective treatment for Packy rather than euthanize him.
Dear Mr. Loomis,
If the Oregon Zoo’s rumored plans to euthanize Packy are indeed true, I ask that the zoo administration reconsider. Euthanasia should be reserved for animals who are suffering tremendously, but based on statements released by Oregon Zoo itself, Packy does not yet seem to fit that description.
Packy’s battle with tuberculosis is deeply unfortunate, but until it has proven so detrimental to his quality of life that it would be considered more compassionate to put him down, he deserves another chance to come back from this disease. While it might be more financially convenient to euthanize Packy rather than pursue treatment, I would hope that Oregon Zoo’s first priority is saving animals, not saving money. Please give Packy a chance to live.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Francisco Herrera