Dear members and supporters of the Toronto Zoo, yesterday Zoo Board member and city councillor Glenn Debaeremaker put a motion forward at city council http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.EX34.7 see item 1b. As you can see council has approved the allowance of 4 anti zoo animal rights groups to make decisions about the future of the Toronto Zoo. These organizations are 100% against zoos, they will begin systematically removing animals and exhibits and move them to their affiliated facilities as was the case with our elephants.They will start with all large iconic mammals, polar bears, bears, big cats and primates. With their allies on city council who are against zoos all their decision making will be approved. the agenda here is to shit down the Toronto Zoo, they want to be the first major city in North American which closes their zoo forever. If you are appalled and furious join the club. We are forming a citizen led fight against this action, they have no right to make this decision without public input and it is time to remove animal liberationists from our zoo board. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on a mailing list. We will keep you informed about how you can get involved to stop City Hall from destroying our zoo any more than they already have in the last two years! We believe zoos matter and we love the Toronto Zoo. It is time to stand up to this.
as the item reads:
1b – Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)
1. City Council request that the Toronto Zoo Board of Management convene an expert panel to undertake an animal collection welfare assessment and audit and create a scientific standard of care for the zoo animal collection, based on the biological and behavioural needs of the animals, relying on scientific data collected in situ; such expert panel be comprised of representatives from:
– Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
– Canadian Council on Animal Care
– Canadian Veterinarian Medical Association
– Zoocheck Canada
– Bornfree Canada
– Animal Alliance of Canada
– Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
– Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
please research who and what these animal rights groups are. Their only idea of improving welfare in zoos is to shut zoos down. They are 100% anti captivity