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Take Action: STOP the Inhumane Transport of Toronto Zoo elephants

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80+hrs in a truck is inhumane, it exceeds all laws and regulations both in Canada and the United States for the humane transport of animals. This is an abuse of political power. This is animal abuse in the name of animal rights extremism. These elephants could die in transport.

You can contact:

Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Fax: 613-995-7080 Email: Ritz.G@parl.gc.ca

Please send copies to the agriculture critics:

Hon. Wayne Easter, Liberal Agriculture Critic 318 Justice Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Fax: 613-995-7408 Email: EasteW@parl.gc.ca

Mr. Alex Atamanenko, NDP Agriculture Critic House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Fax: 613-943-0922 Email: AtamaA@parl.gc.ca

Mr. André Bellavance, Bloc Québécois Agriculture Critic House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Fax: 613-995-2026 Email: BellaA@parl.gc.ca


Toronto Mayor Ford mayor_ford@toronto.ca
Toronto Zoo Board zoobd@toronto.ca
Zoo CEO jtracogna@torontozoo.ca

Email Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, agsec@usda.gov
(RE: Toronto Zoo Elephants Dear Secretary Vilsack)


  1. Abigail Winslow says:

    Do yourself a favour and ignore Thomas B. (last name removed by moderator)

    He is on Twitter and has done nothing but troll and slander (libel) the Toronto Zoo and cheer-lead Barker for days on end. He also publicly claims to be a friend of Barkers and has taken it upon himself to personally harass anyone that supports the Toronto Zoo. He ignores the facts and claims everything the Toronto Zoo, CUPE and others have stated is lies (only believing what Barker has stated) – meanwhile, he has NO proof whatsoever of anything to back up Barkers claims and refuses to consider that he is wrong. So it appears he spends much of his time online insulting and name-calling those that disagree with him. He does nothing but spew insults and vitrol…a true troll. Look at his account for yourselves: (Twitter) @gpxo1

  2. Judy says:

    This totally burns me up. These millionaires and billionaires want to do what is best for animals. If they are so concerned with the cold for these animals then why don’t they offer to put their money towards building a very nice huge heated arena for these beautiful animals to live in during the cold months. These animal rights extremists always want to move the animal and it is only about publicity that they will gain during the event and donations they can request after. It never has the animals best interest at heart.

  3. Thomas Boggs says:

    misinformation galore-it’ 50 hours with breaks along the way-stop lying to the public to line your own pockets-ZOOmatters-spending another Winter in Toronto is what’s inhumane!!! Instilling fear instead of facts to the public is a major disservice to the elephants you purportedly “hold dear.”

    • zoosmatter says:

      we supply nothing but facts. 50hrs is the lie. just because zoocheck told you 50hrs does not mean this is the case. One truck with 2 elephants is a slow drive due to more weight than one truck with one elephant. Spike took 75 hrs with frequent stops and only travelled a few hundred KM further. Secondly how are we lining our pockets? who is misinformed, oh yes that is correct the army of ignorants. Zoos Matter is not even registered as a non profit or registered as any organization, it is citizen led group which operates with money from our own pockets. We earn nothing from this. We will instil fear because we believe based on expert testimony that the trip is too far and inhumane as is evidenced by the lobbies of animal welfare groups worldwide.We do believe one or more could die or be permanently physically damaged from this trip. Animal rights and welfare groups claim this kind of transport is inhumane for animals being sent to slaughter or that it is inhumane for circus elephants why then is not inhumane for our elephants? Because of the destination? This is not a Disney movie and sanctuaries are not sprinkled with magic fairy dust. We know these animals better than people who have never been to this zoo or spent any time with them.To think this trip will only take 50hrs with breaks is wilful blindness and an adherance to one’s own ideological belief system. What about the winter fear mongering? Have the girls not survived the two winters zoocheck and PAWS claimed they would not survive? We would love for them to be in Florida by now too bad the truth and facts about tuberculosis were not honestly disclosed in the first place. They knew about it in 2011 well before Council made their decision, they knew abut it before they signed contracts with the zoo. They barely admitted it when FOIA evidence proved there had been an outbreak on site and now poor Annie is likely dying from tuberculosis isolated and alone. It has been nothing but a lie and fearfest from the PAWS and Zoocheck supporters from day one, it is time for the world to know the truth about this transfer and the lengths to which extremists will go to have their personal victories and one more day of self definition as the pseudo self appointed saviours of animals. Your IP address indicates that you are from the city of Marietta Ohio not from Canada. So do us all a favour and mind your own business. These are OUR elephants we have loved them all these years and we will do whatever necessary to ensure they go to the safest best possible home.

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