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Opponents hope to stop move of elephants from the Toronto Zoo to PAWS

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Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:06 am, Tue May 1, 2012.

A Toronto resident has launched a public attack against the Galt-based Performing Animal Welfare Society, with hopes of thwarting plans to move three elephants from Canada to the San Andreas sanctuary.

It started with an unsolicited email in March sent to close to 50 recipients, including local media, national publications such as the New York Times and Huffington Post, and animal rights organizations such as primatologist Jan Goodall’s group.

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1 comment:

  • Lori Sirianni posted at 2:01 am on Thu, May 3, 2012.

    lorisirianni Posts: 1

    I'm stunned that any serious journalist would write an entire news story like this based on an "anonymous" email? Sorry, but if you cannot confirm - at least to yourself even if you agree not to reveal your source - the identity of the writer, it is yellow journalism at BEST for this absurd article to have ever seen the light of day. I would recommend you read the Facebook page, "Concerned Elephant Keepers", a group in which the Toronto Zoo elephant keepers have written and posted unrelenting lies and vitriol against PAWS since last October, to figure out who your mystery emailer is.

    Secondly, the elephant keepers have ulterior motives for trying to derail the move to PAWS: they are trying, instead, to get the elephants sent to the AZA facility (not even built yet!) called the National Elephant Center in Florida. They are openly stating on the aforementioned page that they also want to get jobs there. Who could blame them, to leave frigid Toronto for balmy Florida? Except that it would be a form of an unethical, if not illegal, payoff for them to thwart the move in order to snag high-paying new jobs for themselves. I would suggest the reporter do some digging into the backgrounds of the Toronto Zoo elephant keepers and their dealings with the AZA.

    And if I'm wrong, I wonder if all the elephant keepers would be willing to sign a 40-year noncompete agreement preventing them from transferring to the proposed NEC or any other American zoo?



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