: 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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Friday, 19 October 2012

Council Could Make a New Elephant Decision in Next Month

The following are excerpts from Toronto Star. The excerpts are with regards to Toronto City Council's 24-Oct-2011 decision to send the elephants to PAWS.

Toronto Star (18-Oct-2012):
Council Could Make a New Elephant Decision in Next Month
When Toronto City Council meets in two weeks, more than a year will have passed since the 31-4 vote to send the Toronto Zoo’s three elephants to a sanctuary in California. That means the controversial decision could be reversed with only a simple majority vote, not a two-thirds supermajority. ...

In September, the zoo’s senior veterinarian, Graham Crawshaw, told reporters he is concerned about active cases of tuberculosis at the California sanctuary, known as the Performing Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS. The zoo, Crawshaw said, was continuing its “due diligence” probe of PAWS. ...

The zoo board voted at its September meeting to send a report on the status of the transfer to Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee meeting and then on to council. Councillors may prefer to wait until the report is brought forward in November before they undertake any new vote.
See also: Toronto Zoo Releases Documents About Elephant Issues
See also: City Council to be Asked to Cancel Elephant Move to PAWS
See also: Zoo's Senior Vet Speaks to CBC Metro Morning about Tuberculosis at PAWS