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Toronto Frees Its Elephants

Written by PETA | October 26, 2011

Toka, Thika, and Iringa—the three elephants at the Toronto Zoo—will soon be on their way to paradise. By a vote of 31 to 4, the Toronto City Council overwhelmingly agreed that California’s Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary is a much more appropriate home for these elephants. Earlier, there had been a push to send the three to another zoo.

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PETA and our colleagues at Zoocheck Canada kept up the pressure, writing to councilmembers and mobilizing Canadians to make their opinions known. Now, these three elephants will know the joys of roaming freely, swimming in ponds, taking dust baths, and socializing with other elephants. PAWS has a history of healing and restoring quality of life to elephants who have become debilitated from years in captivity.

TV icon and animal defender Bob Barker has offered to pay for the elephants’ relocation to the sanctuary at a cost estimated to be between $100,000 and $300,000.

As an unrelated bonus, the City Council received a standing ovation when it also voted to ban the possession, sale, and consumption of shark fins, with hefty fines for violators.

Now, it’s Lucy’s turn. Please click here to ask Edmonton officials to follow their Toronto colleagues’ lead and send this ailing and lonely elephant to PAWS, and click here to urge the Toronto Zoo and City Council to send Iringa, Toka, and Thika to the sanctuary without delay.


Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • HatestoShop says:

    Does it take an act of G-d to allow this beautiful creature to send Lucy to PAWS? I don’t understand the socalled power play that is keeping Canada from sending Lucy to the sanctuary. Come on, and get with the program! Besides the respect you would earn from the entire animal loving community, the world would applaud this kind and generous act.

  • jeanna vaughn says:

    Please do a kind thing for poor Lucy and let her spend the rest of her life with PAWS. This is such sad treatment where she is now.

  • Brenda says:

    Toka, Thika, and Iringa are going to be free ! Now we must free Lucy !

  • KAREN says:

    Please follow your Toronto colleagues’ lead and send this ailing and lonely elephant, Lucy, to PAWS. TV icon Bob Barker has offered to pay for the elephants’ relocation to the sanctuary. Please do the right thing please do the moral thing and send Lucy to PAWS.

  • Yvon Laurin says:

    Please do something special in your life for Lucy life the elephant, and God will do something good for you in heaven. Thank you!

  • Lynn Morgenstern says:

    Great news for these three elephants! Now if all zoos and circuses would do the same, we would really be able to celebrate. There should be nothing to debate here: we have no right to imprison and torture animals. And this is a torturous existence. Please show compassion.

  • Edythe Zimmerman says:

    Be a hero and do the right thing.

  • Edythe Zimmerman says:

    Be a hero and do the right thing.