Sunday, May 8, 2011

Scrawler: Keep the elephants — get the Jaguars

Scrawler: Keep the elephants — get the Jaguars

Anybody else thinking of telling the people trying to hijack our elephants to go to hell?

TV legend Bob Barker and other phony American animal activists attempted fleecing of three Toronto Zoo elephants seems to me to be nothing more than an attempt to help grow the population at a bizarre elephant sanctuary population in Tennessee or California.

And you bet the price is right.

One of the suggestions is for Toronto taxpayers to foot a $50,000 bill to transport Toka, Thika and Iringa to a 2,700 acre fenced-in compound and so called “retirement” in Tennessee.

Generations of Toronto Zoo goers won’t get to experience them ever again and an American sanctuary will get the elephants for free.

Call it what you want but it looks like nothing more than an elephant zoo to me. Oh, sure, the Tennessee sanctuary says it’s not open to visitors but read the fine print.

By pledging $2,000 or more each year for five consecutive years, you may enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sanctuary,” their website says. “This visit includes a tour of our elephant houses as well as the expansive habitat... Patron-level donors are invited to tour the facility through our VIP Pledge Program, but the Sanctuary is closed to the general public.”

It costs just $23 to see the elephants here. The Tennessee captivity operation looks more like an elephant zoo for the rich.

There’s even a gift shop with their elephants on T-shirts for sale.

Sure they want our elephants. Their website shows nine of the 24 elephants they display pictures of have died.

Instead of giving ours away for nothing, the zoo should make the necessary improvements here and try to get as many visitors to the Toronto Zoo in the years to come to help with the expense.

Our council should be telling these do-gooders to stick it.

If the Toronto Zoo — which certainly is a poacher free zone unlike what these elephants would have to deal with in their natural habitats — gives in, who knows what sanctuary of the week will pop for monkeys, lions or giraffes next?

The very future of the zoo is at stake here and instead of letting politically-correct wackos slowly dismantle its allure, stand up and tell these opportunists to pack up their trunk and go home.


Read More and especially the comments: Scrawler: Keep the elephants — get the Jaguars Toronto & GTA News Toronto Sun#disqus_thread


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