Elephant move comes to a standstill
The three elephants at the Toronto Zoo aren't going anywhere just yet.
The debate over whether they should be sent to a California sanctuary just got heated once again.
The Zoo's CEO, John Tracogna, held a press conference today saying they are still waiting for outstanding medical records and other information from the PAWS sanctuary before the move can go ahead.
The sanctuary, meanwhile, says it has no other information to hand over.
Next month, when the board updates the executive committee on the status of the move, councillor Giorgio Mammoliti says he will introduce a motion asking council to cancel the move to PAWS altogether.
If he could have his way, Mammoliti says he would expand the elephant exhibit in Toronto and leave the animals here. But he says most councillors disagree, so he will instead ask them to move the elephants to a facility accredited by the U.S. Association of Zoos and Aquariums and similar groups, which PAWS is not.
Mammoliti also took a jab at a former game show host who has been involved in the campaign to send the elephants south.
"I'd ask barking Bob Barker to stay out of Canada, and stay out of Toronto," Mammoliti says. "And don't to us about what's best for the City of Toronto and what's best for the animals.
"We have the best doctors than any other zoo in the world. And that's who we should be taking our advice from."
As for what that advice is, neither Tracogna nor the zoo's senior veterinarian would give their personal opinion on the move to PAWS during Tuesday's press conference.