Toronto Frees Its Elephants

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Posted October 26, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

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.

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Thanks to PETA, Zoocheck Canada, and peta2 Street Teamers who spoke up for Toka, Iringa, and Thika, 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.

This is a great victory for Toronto’s elephants, but Lucy—the lone elephant at Edmonton Valley Zoo—is still waiting for freedom. Please click here to ask Edmonton officials to follow Toronto’s lead and send this ailing and lonely elephant to PAWS.

Thanks for making the difference for Toka, Iringa, and Thika!


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