According to Zoocheck Canada’s Campaign Director Julie Woodyer 99% of elephants are transported this way. What we think she meant is that 99% of elephant transfers are by truck. What she didn’t say is that most elephants are not transported a distance of 4200km, and most certainly not three at one time which are protected Contact managed. The truth is no one has ever undertaken an elephant transfer of this nature with three protected contact elephants before. The Toronto Zoo elephants will be guinea pigs to test out whether or not animal rights ideology has magic powers and can safely transport these ladies without heaven forbid a death or long /short term side effects which will shorten their life span. What is certain is that if anything happens to these elephants in transport the zoo will be blamed for what Zoocheck claims are delays caused by opposition to the transfer. The new crates to transport these elephants arrived just two weeks ago. Delay one, lack of disclosure by PAWS and Zoocheck about tuberculosis deaths at the sanctuary, delay two, lack of a transportation plan which has always been the responsibility of Zoocheck
So if one of these elephants dies in transport the blame will lie with Zoocheck and The City Council of Toronto. If the zoo had been left to make this decision on their own the elephants would have been living in Florida for a year already.