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How Do You Say ‘Thank You’ in Elephant?

Written by Heather Faraid Drennan | December 21, 2011
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Update: Animal friend and philanthropist Bob Barker is paying the entire cost of shipping Toka, Thika, and Iringa from Toronto to the PAWS sanctuary in California.

The following was originally posted on November 25, 2011:

To thank the three members of the Toronto City Council who spearheaded the vote to send the three elephants at the Toronto Zoo to a sanctuary, we sent them each a box of vegan chocolates and a Compassionate Legislator Award certificate. The City Council voted 31 to 4 to allow Iringa, Toka, and Thika to leave the freezing Canadian winters behind and spend the rest of their days roaming with other retired elephants at California’s spacious Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary. 

Elephants in Canadian zoos—including Lucy, the lone elephant in the Edmonton Zoo—spend much of their time indoors since they cannot tolerate the winter cold and snow. They often suffer from arthritis and other painful ailments as a result of the lack of exercise and standing on hard surfaces for prolonged periods. While the compassionate city councillors recognized the need to send the three Toronto elephants to a sanctuary, zoo officials were battling to send Iringa, Toka, and Thika to another zoo. But last night the zoo voted to send the three elephants to PAWS. 

Please click here to send a polite email to the Toronto Zoo thanking them for their compassionate decision to send Iringa, Toka and Thika to the PAWS sanctuary. 

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  • John Alexander Gibson says:

    Thanks to those council members 3 elephants have been saved from being imprisoned in a zoo and are now able to enjoy the wonderful freedom of an animal sanctuary. There should be no zoos, no animal should suffer the humiliation and degradation of a zoo. Animals should be free, to live their lives in happiness. Also a great thanks to Bob Barker, for putting up the money to move the Elephants to the sanctuary, wonderful!

  • @hickrb says:

    Thank you Toronto for doing the right thing for the welfare of the elephants. Today is a happy day for me!!

  • sara says:

    Thank You soooo much!!! You are an angel for the animals!! Angain, thank you!!!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    May God bless you.

  • Brenda Robinson says:

    Thank you for doing the compassionate thing for the elephants. KUDOS TO YOU!

  • Sandra Williston says:

    THANKYOU!! THANKYOU! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having the compassion & kindenss to allow Iringa, Toka, and Thika to leave our freezing Canadian winters so they can spend the rest of their lives in a safe & warm habitat with other retired elephants at California’s spacious Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary. I am so happy that these wonderful social creatures will now be able to socialize & roam freely in a habitat with their own species. Let elephants be elephants! :) Again…. thank you on behalf of these 3 magnificent animals!

  • VegVetTech3737 says:

    Thank you very much, now you have made these elephants life so much better in many ways. :)

  • Elena Perez de Gracia says:

    Muchas gracias por tan sabia decisión

  • @hicksrb says:

    Thank you so much. May wonderful things come to your way!!!

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