Statement by Massimo Bergamini, Executive Director of Canada's
Accredited Zoos and Aquariums, on the transfer today of the Toronto
Zoo's three African elephants to the PAWS facility in California.
OTTAWA, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - "The Toronto Zoo's three elephants begin a long journey today to their
new home, the Performing Animal Welfare Society's (PAWS) facility in in
Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) opposed Council's decision
to move the elephants to the PAWS facility because of the risk of
exposure to TB - an often-fatal disease among elephants.
It is important to note that Council's decision was made against the
recommendation of Toronto Zoo staff that had wanted the animals moved
to an alternative site, the National Elephant Centre in Florida. The
200-acre facility is disease-free and its relative proximity to Toronto
would have reduced transport-related stress for the animals.
How this decision unfolded raised questions about the appropriate role
of political institutions in setting policies that affect animal
welfare and whether appropriate checks and balances were in place.
These questions remain.
On what must be a terribly difficult day, to the people -- zookeepers,
trainers, veterinarians and other Zoo staff -- that cared for these
incredible animals for so many years, our thoughts are with you. And
to Thika, Iringa and Toka, Canada's accredited zoo and aquarium
community wishes you a safe journey. "
SOURCE: Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA)
For further information:
Massimo Bergamini (613) 290 5317