TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Board of Management of the Toronto
Zoo has received a letter from the Performing Animal Welfare Society's
(PAWS) American attorneys threatening legal action against the Toronto
Zoo and certain individuals arising from a Status Report update in
On September 25, 2012, the Zoo's CEO and Senior Veterinarian issued an
Elephant Transfer Status Report to the Board of Management to update
the Board on the progress of the transfer and to explain the
outstanding issues regarding the due diligence being performed by Zoo
staff with respect to the appropriateness of the PAWS facility. The
purpose of the due diligence review is to ensure the safety, security
and ongoing wellbeing of Toka, Thika and Iringa.
The Board meeting was followed by an opportunity for the media to ask
questions of senior Zoo staff with respect to these issues.
"The Toronto Zoo has been and remains committed to following the Toronto
City Council and Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo directives for
the safe and humane transfer of Toka, Thika and Iringa to the PAWS
sanctuary in northern California."
Toronto Zoo staff continues to carry out their obligations under the
Elephant Transfer Agreement entered into between PAWS and the Zoo Board
There are four main areas where delays have occurred—Permits,
Transportation Plan, Crates and Training, and a Due Diligence review of
the PAWS facility.
At this point, no decision has been made as to the outcome of the due
As the Board has received a notice of potential legal action from PAWS,
it would not be appropriate to provide any further statements to the
media until the legal considerations have been addressed.
While the issues regarding the transfer of Toka, Thika and Iringa have
raised much controversy, there can be no doubt that the Zoo, the City
and PAWS are all seeking what is best for Toronto's elephants.
"It is anticipated that the Transfer Status Report will be considered by
the City of Toronto's Executive committee on November 5, 2012.
However, this still has to be confirmed."
About Toronto Zoo:
The Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier zoo and a leader in animal
preservation and environmental protection. More than a tourist
attraction, the Toronto Zoo boasts a number of leading programs for
helping wildlife and their natural habitats - from species
reintroduction to reproductive research. A world-class educational
centre for people of all ages, the Toronto Zoo is open every day except
December 25 and attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors each year.
SOURCE: Toronto Zoo
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