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Toronto Zoo to Close Elephant Exhibit

Written by PETA | May 16, 2011

I’ve got some great news and some not-so-great news. The great news is that the Toronto Zoo has heeded the call of animal defenders, including Bob Barker, and decided to close its elephant display, joining more than a dozen other zoos that have done the same thing. What’s more, the Toronto Zoo has agreed that it will not send Toka, Iringa and Thika to any facility that uses bullhooks.

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The not-so-great news is that instead of sending the elephants to the spacious comfort of a sanctuary, the zoo seems intent on sending them to another zoo.

The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in California is willing and able to immediately provide these elephants with the many acres of natural habitat that they need to thrive, warmer weather, and the companionship of other elephants. Toka, Iringa, and Thika deserve no less, and we’re appealing to the zoo to send them to PAWS.

Another Canadian elephant in desperate need of retirement is Lucy, who spends her days alone in Edmonton’s Valley Zoo. Please ask city officials to send Lucy south.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • elvira myers says:

    What isthe reason given by the San Diego zoo to send the elephants tio another zoo? Is it financial? There MUST be a reason because people invilved with animals usually love them and I cna’t imagine them acting cruelly for no good reason at all. Can you explain, Peta? Thanks

  • Norma Jean Campbell says:

    These animals definitely need happiness. Send them to a santuary, please! If PAWS is willing & able, that is the best place that they could be & these animals deserve it. I’m sure if they could speak for themselves they would agree too!

  • janis says:

    send them to a sanctuary!they have spent enough time in a zoo.

  • Linda Hallman says:

    Please stop this cruelty!

  • lisa Healing says:

    Would YOU like to live in a zoo?????

  • Naomi Valenti says:

    Its time to do the right thing for the elephants. Let them spend whats left of their lifetime in a Sanctuary.

  • sardar says:

    Please send them to PAWS

  • Carole says:

    Please give these elephants the chance for a quality life by sending them to a sanctuary, what is the point of sending them to another zoo?

  • Sara says:


  • LadyVa says:

    I think these animals deserve to live in family groups and in prime conditions. I am not a “anti-zoo” person because zoos DO provide people with education and teach conservation. Without zoos, most people wouldn’t care what happens to anything on this planet. I think there are PLENTY of zoos that offer prime habitat and great environment for these animals. Though they may not go to PAWS, they should go to a facility that does NOT abuse or keep these animals in less than stellar conditions such as on concrete floors etc. I just don’t think we should sit here and beat zoos up. They do have their place and most places I have visited have great habitats that are idea for the animals.

  • Dawn says:

    How can humans be so cruel !!! For crying out loud. Let these beautiful animals have a chance at some happiness. Send them to the sanctuary.

  • Joseph Gartner says:

    I beg you, please send them to PAWS!!! They deserve the best life possible! PLEASE!!!

  • Ligia says:


  • Kristine Santana says:

    Please let these elephants live the life they are supposed to…free

  • Joy Couch says:

    How can we help you PETA? Give us a petition. How can we get America to follow suit?

  • Cheryl Hardy says:

    Please let these animals live with other elephants in a sanctuary!!!(NOT A ZOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)Free these animals!

  • tokyoval says:

    Please send them to PAWS.

  • Amelia says:

    Please send these elephants to sanctuaries and let them live a decent life. Sending them to another zoo just doesn’t make sense.

  • MA Moo says:

    The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN is another viable option! Keep up the great work!

  • MA Moo says:

    I will Pray, Chant and Petition for these magnificent animals to live out their lives with dignity in the company of like species at PAWS!