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Toronto City Councillors will visit Performing Animal Welfare Society

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Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:16 am, Fri May 4, 2012.

Two Toronto City Councillors will travel to the Performing Animal Welfare Society on their own dime later this month in an effort to ensure that the city isn't making a mistake by sending three Toronto Zoo elephants there, media in Canada have reported.

Councillors Giorgio Mammoliti and Michelle Berardinetti will accompany Toronto Zoo CEO John Tracogna and several veterinarians on the trip to the wildlife sanctuary.

The Toronto City Council voted in October to send the three elephants to PAWS' San Andreas property, but earlier this week Tracogna said the zoo had reached an impasse with PAWS over the planned move and has requested health records from the organization. The elephants were scheduled to leave Canada last Monday on a chartered jet funded by animal activist Bob Barker.

PAWS operates three sites, including the largest, known as ARK2000, in San Andreas. The organization is headquartered in Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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