: Citizens advocating to: (a) keep the three elephants at the Toronto Zoo, and (b) in the
alternative, have them moved to an AZA-accredited facility such as The National Elephant Center (TNEC) in Florida.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Speaking Out About the Elephant Decision

The following are excerpts from the Toronto Star and from the Brantford Expositor with quotations from Vernon Presley (Toronto Zoo elephant keeper), Peter Evans (former Toronto zoo board member) and Wayne Jackson (former Toronto Zoo elephant keeper). These excerpts are with regards to Toronto City Council's 24-Oct-2011 decision to send the elephants to PAWS.

Toronto Star - Zoo keepers fuming over vote sending elephants to sanctuary (26-Oct-2011):
... “No offence to any city (councillors) that made the decision, but they’re quite honestly not qualified to make a decision on what’s best for these elephants,’’ an angry Vernon Presley, one of seven elephant keepers at the [Toronto] zoo, told the Star.

... Peter Evans, a former [Toronto] zoo board member for 12 years, called council’s decision a “slap in the face’’ to the current board and zoo staff. “The arrogance and lack of respect shown and the disregard for the process, is appalling,’’ Evans said.

     -- source: Toronto Star (26-Oct-2011)

Brantford Expositor - The elephant man weighs in on zoo episode (24-Dec-2011):

Wayne Jackson, former zookeeper at the Toronto Zoo, has worked with more than 100 elephants at several zoos around the world.
... "When it comes to such things as zoo animals, it should be the professionals at that particular institution that makes the decision on a particular animal, not someone who really knows nothing about the species or particular animal," said [Wayne] Jackson in his correspondence on [9-Nov-2011 to Mayor Ford].

     -- source: Brantford Expositor (24-Dec-2011)

Global News - Elephant Keeper Speaks Out (Nov-2011)
Elephant Keeper Speaks Out (video);
Vernon Presley, and Councillor and Vice-Chair Paul Ainslie.

     -- source: Global News (Nov-2011)

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