Royal Canadian Air Force may fly Toronto elephants to PAWS
Getting Toronto's three elephants to the PAWS Sanctuary in California is at the centre of controversy again.
A source tells the Toronto Star, that there will be a meeting Thursday morning between officials from the Royal Canadian Air Force, officials from Zoocheck and a representative for the city manager.
The discussion will be about how to transport the elephants to the west coast and that could possibly involve using a jet freighter from the air force. Possibly, the CC-177 Globemaster III would take Toka, Thika and Iringa to California.
This move is still being met with opposition from city councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby. The article states that she sent an emergency email to Federal Defence minister Peter Mackay on Wednesday, urging Ottawa not to participate in the discussion because it's “controversial and of great concern to many of us.’’
Luby added that she has the full support of the zoo board, veterinarians from the Toronto zoo and their staff.
According to a source, the goal is to get the elephants there before mid to late June.