PAWA (Portland Animal Welfare Advocates) Message Board › URGENT PAWA Announcement!
Costa Mesa, CA
Due to the terrible tragedy that occurred yesterday at the Clackamas Town Center, and in respect for the victims, we will be POSTPONING the event scheduled there this coming weekend for the "Don't Shop, Always Adopt" campaign. Thank you for your understanding.
We also have been working with an investigative group of animal rescuers who are exploring the "Hannah, the Pet Society" issue here in Portland that we are incorporating into the boycott of pet stores. We now have more information to share with you regarding their questionable for-profit company practices. Please look at the bullet points below.
There is another important event announced by IDA that will be happening this weekend that we hope you will join instead. The more people, the better! Below is updated information for both events:
Portland - Speak Up For Elephants
Please attend demo Saturday at the Oregon Zoo
The Seattle Times recent two-part investigative report, Glamour Beasts[/url], shined a scathing spotlight on the shortcomings of elephant programs within the zoo industry.
The report focused primarily on two zoos - The Oregon Zoo in Portland and The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle - uncovering a history of abuse, neglect, deaths, exploitative breeding practices, and shady deals.
IDA is partnering with the group (REAL) Friends of Packy and the Animals of the Oregon Zoo in Portland and Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants in Seattle for a day of action at both zoos. Come be a voice for elephants and tell the Oregon Zoo to get out of the elephant breeding business!
What: Day of Action for Zoo Elephants
When: December 15, 12 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Oregon Zoo main entrance, 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon
For more information about this event, contact Eric Phelps: firstname.lastname@example.org[/url].
While the Oregon Zoo celebrated the birth of another elephant into a life of captivity, the Seattle Times broke the news that the calf doesn't actually "belong" to the Oregon Zoo. Instead, under a contractual agreement the baby is "owned" by a notorious elephant-rental company called Have Trunk Will Travel, which has been caught on tape beating and shocking baby elephants.
The Oregon Zoo recklessly breeds elephants, packing them into already cramped conditions, without taking measures to improve the lives and welfare of the elephants already at the zoo. Voters approved a $125 million dollar bond measure in 2008 with the expectation that some of the money would be used to increase the size of the zoo's elephant exhibit. It's almost 2013 and the zoo's 7 elephants (now 8) still share a meager 1.5 acres.
2. Pet Stores/Breeding/"Leasing" Boycott & Rally by PAWA - Sunday, January 6th, 2012 1pm-3pm (NEW DATE!)
PAWA members will be providing signs and banners from PETA's "Don't Shop, Always Adopt" campaign for protestors gathered outside this mall location, which is home to "Hannah, the Pet Society". While this company gets some of its pets from rescue organizations, it also gets others from breeders (though they claim not to support puppy mills). Their program is controversial to say the least, with a financial commitmment that resembles a "leasing" situation. In a world full of abused, neglected, and homeless pets languishing in shelters looking to be adopted with minimal one time fees, there is no reason to buy or lease a pet. Be a voice for those homeless pets this year looking to be adopted in shelters AND animals kept in breeding facilities to be sold at pet stores. Meet at the Clackamas Town Center entrance on SE Sunnyside Rd. right off the I-205 on the sidewalk near the Claim Jumper restaurant.
If you want to make your own signs, please do. A good focus for your poster, and first step to getting "Hannah" to listen to the public could be, for example..."HANNAH, Just Tell Us...DISCLOSE where you get your pets from! BREEDERS or shelters?"
Clackamas Town Center
12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR
Thank you! Hope you will help us make both these events a strong and united front for animals! Happy Holidays!
HANNAH THE PET SOCIETY:
· A for-profit corporation which provides a pet, packaged with a contractual monthly fee for “Total Lifetime Care” which includes veterinary care, food, supplies and dog training for the lifetime of the pet. “Total Lifetime Care” also available for customers’ existing pets.
· Founded in 2009 by Scott Campbell, DVM, former owner and CEO of Banfield Veterinary Hospital. Currently have two retail mall locations (Clackamas and Washington Square), and two veterinary clinics/hospitals, and training centers (one at Mall 205 and one adjacent to Washington Square).
· Plan to open ten additional stores in the Portland area and franchise nationally by 2015.
· Currently claiming they have never sourced animals they lease from breeders. However, as recently as Sept '12, CEO Will Novak admitted on the record that 80% of the dogs were from breeders. They continue to advertise many of the same designer breed puppies in their newsletters and social media.
· Now refuses to disclose the source of ANY animal.
· Retains legal ownership of all animals in their program with sole authority to make life and death decisions for these animals. (Animals are considered property in the state of Oregon). This includes all pets in the “Total Lifetime Care” program.
· Misinformation and lack of transparency – Hannah the Pet Society currently states that all animals come from shelters/rescues but will not disclose the names of these organizations. We have verified only one Hannah the Pet Society rescue/shelter partner and it is OUTSIDE the metro area. All others have declined partnerships.
· Lack of appropriate care for inventoried animals who are waiting to be leased. This includes lack of sanitary conditions, available food and water, and protection from situations that could put the immune systems of the young animals at risk.
· Document and verify the source of each HPS animal.
· Source ALL animals from rescues and shelters.
· Improve conditions for the “inventoried” and displayed animals.
WW article is a good source for more info: http://www.wweek.com/...[/url].