The Toronto Zoo elephants had a safe passage and appear to be settling in well at their new home. No doubt however they will be missing their keepers. I feel for the elephants and I feel for the keepers. This is no easy time for any of them. It is especially not easy when we read of these nasty, digging remarks from the ARA's. There is a special place in hell for people like that. It is always their way to put the boot in when their 'foe' is down. It is pure blinkered ignorance.
I still maintain the move was the wrong one to make. No doubt there are going to be others. The most disturbing thing I heard this week was ""I found out on Saturday that the committee the zoo reports to has included zoocheck, animal alliance, Ontario humane society and the born free organization to help “run” the zoo! This was passed by city council and is now in law!"
How on earth can this have happened? This is insane! I actually believe that there is a place within zoos for such organisations, possibly in rotation, on the Ethics Committee. Here though matters can be discussed in a common sense way with all the facts to hand. This to me sounds like the foxes have been let into the hen house. These foxes won't just make their kill but will 'put the boot in' as well.
I'll be honest I started to worry more about Toronto Zoo when they imported white lions back in early 2012. http://zoonewsdigest.blogspot.ae/2012/02/zoo-news-digest-15th-18th-february-2012.html At the time I asked myself, Why? I still don't know, but feel there was a clue there that there was someone somewhere in management making bad decisions. I have never visited Toronto zoo but know it to be a good zoo and the video 'Why' which you will see further down the blog shows just why. Meanwhile I wish them the best of luck with pest control because those foxes just have to be culled out if the place is to survive.
All in all it has been a really interesting week. Time bandits hard at work though. There never seems time in a day for me to do all that I want to.
More than a bit worried about the rain back home. I've seen it heavy but never like some of the photos on my Thai friends facebook.
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