For those of you who signed petition re: Elephants in Toronto Zoo
Thanks to people like you, Iringa, Thika and Toka, the Toronto Zoo's aging African elephants, will soon be grazing in the fields of the beautiful PAWS Sanctuary in California.
On Tuesday night, in response to thousands of signatures, phone calls, and emails, Toronto City Council reaffirmed their commitment to moving the elephants by voting 32 to 8 in favour of the move. And Bob Barker, our good friend and animal advocate, is still supporting the move.
Over 26,000 people signed our petition on Change.org asking Toronto City Council to vote to move the elephants to PAWS. 26,000 people recognized that seven elephants had died at the zoo prematurely. 26,000 people recognized Toronto doesn't have a good climate for elephants. And 26,000 people said we need to put Iringa, Thika and Toka's welfare first.
And now, Iringa, Thika and Toka get to leave this forever: (photo of cold, barren cement enclosure)
Zoocheck has been campaigning for the welfare of these elephants for two years. In October 2011, Toronto City Council actually did vote to move the elephants, but the Zoo fought the decision and managed to delay the move, eventually forcing it back to the city council for a second vote. But because of the support of Change.org users at a crucial moment, the city council was able to stand up this week, and say enough is enough.
Thank you, on behalf of Irgina, Thika, Toka and all of us at Zoocheck,
Campaigns Director, Zoocheck
All that thanks to Change.org