For many, the information in this update may be old news. But for those of you who have not heard about, read, or seen the following, here's what's been happening during the last few weeks involving PAWS. . . IN THE NEWS.
On November 9, The Fifth Estate documentary "An Elephant in the Room" aired on Canadian television. Many of our friends have been unable to view this report via the CBC/Fifth Estate website, so we offer you the links we found, in four parts, on YouTube.
32 TO 8: ELEPHANTS COMING TO PAWS
On November 27, the Toronto City Council voted 32 to 8 to send the Toronto Zoo elephants to PAWS - again. View items, motions and voting results from the Nov. 27 Council meeting here. No date has yet to be set for the move. Please continue to check our website for new information as plans for the move develop.
HUFFINGTON POST LIVE
On November 30, Catherine Doyle, PAWS Director of Science, Research and Advocacy, participated in a discussion about "Elephants and Circuses" on Huffington Post LIVE. Los Angeles is considering banning elephants in traveling circuses to prevent animal cruelty. This program asked the question: "Is it time to stop using pachyderms in the name of entertainment?" View the discussion here.
THE SEATTLE TIMES: SPECIAL REPORT
On December 1, The Seattle Times released part one of its Special Report, "Glamour Beasts: the Dark Side of Elephant Captivity." Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael J. Berens, part one, "Elephants are dying out in America's zoos", can be viewed here.
The Seattle Times reports it confronted a significant hurdle in examining elephant deaths in U.S. zoos because the industry doesn't comprehensively track elephant births and deaths. Read how the information for this report was obtained, here.
Part two of Beren's report, "Elephant havens face zoo-industry backlash", features PAWS. It was published on December 2, and can be viewed here.
Interactive: Look up where zoo elephants have died in the US.
Interactive: View the tragic family tree of Thonglaw.
View: Source documents cited by the Seattle Times for this report.
View: "Glamour Beasts" video, featuring PAWS
December 3: From The Seattle Times
Portland's baby elephant belongs to traveling show. Read PAWS' press release, below.
PAWS' PRESS RELEASES
Click on the following links to view recent PAWS-issued press releases.
December 4, 2012: "What price a baby elephant?"
November 27, 2012: "PAWS campaigns to free elephants from circuses."