Animal rights a victim of politics

Walkom: Toronto’s elephants part of larger battle over animals

Published On Tue May 1 2012
 Toronto zookeepers are dead set against transferring three elephants to the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in California. They say that’s because PAWS is not an accredited zoo. The real reason is that PAWS is an anti-zoo, writes Tom Walkom.Toronto zookeepers are dead set against transferring three elephants to the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in California. They say that’s because PAWS is not an accredited zoo. The real reason is that PAWS is an anti-zoo, writes Tom Walkom.TORONTO STAR STAFF/René Johnston file photo

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By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist
 
 

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?

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1171242–walkom-toronto-s-elephants-part-of-larger-battle-over-animals

3 comments

  1. DENNIS DAVEY · ·

    The only interest these three zoo keepers have is” SELF INTEREST”. It has nothing to do with zoo accreditation, but more to do with their job.If they had any concern or compassion for these Elephants they would already be in a WARM CLIMATE socializing with their own kind . WE NEED MORE BOB BARKERS IN THIS WORLD.

  2. Debbie Richmond · ·

    My opinion? The fundamental question was answered before existence came into existence. It is man’s abuse of his will that has been and always will be the cause of all suffering, and man thus proves every hour of every day that he is the most inferior creature on the Earth.

  3. LINDA BADHAM · ·

    ELEPHANTS ARE FEELING SENTIENT CREATURES WHO NEED TO LIVE THEIR LIVES AS ELEPHANTS AND NOT MADE TO DO ANYTHING ELSE. QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THEM IS PARAMOUNT AND SPACE IS OBVIOUSLY TOP MOF THE LIST TOO. WHY ALL THE FUSS, THINK OF THEM 3 AND SEND THEM TO THE BEST PLACE FOR THEM TO LIVE CONTENT, HEALTHY, AND HAPPY.

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