A notorious protester demonstrated at Zoo after its beloved elephant Tricia died as one of the oldest in captivity.

The Asian elephant was a major attraction at the zoo for the past six decades and described as an ‘icon’ of by Premier Mark McGowan.

Since her arrival at Perth Zoo in 1963 from Vietnam, she helped generations develop an appreciation for elephants and wildlife conservation. 

Animal activist and and OnlyFans star, Tash Peterson, attended the zoo on Saturday to object to the institution ‘kidnapping’ Tricia from southeast .

‘In memory of Tricia, I am here to bring light to the remaining imprisoned victims in Perth Zoo and other zoos across the world,’ she screamed at visitors using a megaphone. 

‘I am here to tell you her story and let you know that animals in zoos are suffering immensely.’ 

‘Tricia lived almost her entire life here, imprisoned in Perth Zoo.She was kidnapped from her family in Vietnam at the age of six, and was transported into Perth Zoo Prison. Put yourself in her and her family’s position. It’s unimaginable as to how traumatising that experience would have been.’

Tash Peterson, an activist and OnlyFans star, attended Perth zoo on Saturday to object to the institution 'kidnapping' Tricia from southeast Asia

Tash Peterson, an activist and OnlyFans star, attended Perth zoo on Saturday to object to the institution ‘kidnapping’ Tricia from southeast Asia

Since her arrival at Perth Zoo in 1963 from Vietnam, she helped generations develop an appreciation for elephants and wildlife conservation (pictured, Tricia enjoying a birthday treat)

Since her arrival at Perth Zoo in 1963 from Vietnam, she helped generations develop an appreciation for elephants and wildlife conservation (pictured, Tricia enjoying a birthday treat)

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan shared a statement paying tribute to Tricia. 

‘Tonight, Western Australia farewells an icon…For many WA families, including my own, Tricia was a household name.’

‘Her stature and her grace were compelling,’ Mr McGowan added.  

‘Tricia’s health and welfare had been monitored closely for some time by veterinarians and https://bvespirita.com/ her dedicated elephant keepers, but her health status recently deteriorated as evidenced by her lack of sleep and mobility issues.

‘I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the staff at Perth Zoo who have been humanely caring for Tricia for so many years, and who ensured she was as comfortable as possible in her final moments.’

Steven Edmunds, senior elephant keeper at Perth Zoo, described it as ‘an honour and a privilege to have known Tricia’.

‘I have seen many people, over the years, break down in tears during behind-the-scenes experiences, absolutely overwhelmed by her presence,’ Mr Edmunds added.

In her honour, Perth Zoo have set up the .

Peterson said housing Tricia was 'barbaric and outdated' and lamented the idea of having elephants captive in zoos

Peterson said housing Tricia was ‘barbaric and outdated’ and lamented the idea of having elephants captive in zoos

Tricia (pictured) is being remembered for her cheeky and loving nature, instantly capturing the hearts of anyone who took the time to come and see her

Tricia (pictured) is being remembered for her cheeky and loving nature, instantly capturing the hearts of anyone who took the time to come and see her

The notorious vegan activist (pictured) is on OnlyFans to raise awareness about animal rights

The notorious vegan activist (pictured) is on OnlyFans to raise awareness about animal rights

Peterson however said housing Tricia was ‘barbaric and outdated’ and lamented the idea of having elephants captive in zoos.

‘Tricia spent her first 25 years in captivity here in a tiny concrete enclosure.After that she was moved to a larger imprisonment enclosure and spent the rest of her life in captivity. Putting animals in zoos is cruel, barbaric and outdated,’ she shouted to guests.

‘Zoos exist primarily for profit. They want you to believe that they exist for conservation, however, it is estimated that less than 3 per cent of a zoo’s budget goes to conservation while the majority goes towards ‘hi-tech exhibits and marketing efforts to lure visitors.

‘Surplus management strategies are one of the best-kept secrets of modern zoos.One of the biggest draw cards for zoos is baby animals. Babies will often be bred even when there isn’t enough room to keep them, inevitably resulting in a ‘surplus’ of animals in zoos. Something that zoos regularly do behind closed doors, is murder animals when there is a surplus of numbers.’

Perth Zoo is mourning the death of 65-year-old Tricia (pictured) who was one of the oldest elephants in the world

Perth Zoo is mourning the death of 65-year-old Tricia (pictured) who was one of the oldest elephants in the world

Tash Peterson's regular semi-naked and topless stunts in Perth are filmed by her boyfriend

Tash Peterson’s regular semi-naked and topless stunts in Perth are filmed by her boyfriend

Peterson has endured numerous brushes with the law and caused a stir on the streets of with her regular animal rights stunts.

She also flaunts her body on adult site OnlyFans to raise awareness for the cause to her growing fanbase of almost 10,000 followers. 

But Ms Peterson has the full support of boyfriend Jack Higgs, who not only does her body paint, but also films her semi-naked protests.

The outspoken activist makes no apologies for the extraordinary lengths she goes to get her message across, despite constant death threats, abuse and countless court appearances.

‘I use my body to raise awareness for those who have no bodily autonomy, whether it be topless or close to being nude and I think it works brilliantly to raise awareness for animals,’ Ms Peterson told The Project. 

Tash Peterson (pictured) makes headline regularly with her topless and semi-naked protests

Tash Peterson (pictured) makes headline regularly with her topless and semi-naked protests

She insists her boyfriend has no problem with her flaunting her body in public and on OnlyFans.

‘It’s well known for being a porn platform but I’ve used it as a way to make money to do what I want to do full-time for animal rights, she said.

‘He doesn’t see it as cheating and supports me for doing what I want to do with my body.

Mr Higgs admits he understands why other men would have concerns about their girlfriends exposing their bodies.

‘Seeing Tash half naked or even fully naked with lingerie on in public I can imagine would be difficult for some boyfriends,’ he said.

‘However, I found it quite strengthening for our relationship.’

‘At the start, it might have been a little bit weird.We were unsure about it but we realised there is nothing wrong with it.’

‘It is an expression of Tash’s body and she uses it confidently so I admire that.’

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