Toka, Thika, and Iringa—the three elephants
from the Toronto Zoo—have finally arrived in California, two years after the
Toronto City Council overwhelmingly agreed that the Performing Animal Welfare Society
(PAWS)

sanctuary is a much more appropriate home for them.

PETA
and our colleagues at Zoocheck Canada kept up the
pressure, writing to council members and mobilizing Canadians to make their
opinions known. We also gave our Compassionate
Legislator Award to three
members of the Toronto City Council to thank them for spearheading the 2011
vote to send the three elephants to PAWS

Now,
these three elephants have traded their cramped 1-hectare zoo paddock for the
sanctuary’s 35 hectares of rolling grasslands dotted with trees, lakes, meadows,
a walnut orchard, three heated barns, and even a Jacuzzi, all of which they
will eventually share with three other resident African elephants once they become
acquainted.

TV
icon and animal defender Bob
Barker
,
who paid for the elephants’ 2,500-mile trip to the sanctuary at a cost
estimated to be between $100,000 and $300,000, was on hand to greet the
elephants. Iringa, the first to be unloaded at the sanctuary, loudly trumpeted,
as if to announce her arrival.

What You Can Do

Now,
it’s Lucy’s turn. Please click
here to ask Edmonton officials
to follow their Toronto counterparts’
lead and send this ailing and lonely elephant to PAWS.

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Article source: PETA Files

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