Walkom: Toronto’s elephants part of larger battle over animals
The fight over the future of three Toronto elephants is part of a much larger political battle.
It is one that has played out in Parliament over animal cruelty laws. It also plays out regularly, although often below the radar, whenever humane society inspectors raid a farm in rural Ontario.
The battle is over the relationship between humans and animals — or, to be more precise, between humans and other animals.
At issue is a fundamental question: Do animals exist merely to accommodate human beings, or do they have a purpose of their own?