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ANIMALS8x10 – A don’t miss event Nov 30th

8 AMAZING SPEAKERS, 1 AMAZING NIGHT An evening of celebration, dialogue and inspiration. Lesli Bisgould (Canada’s original animal rights lawyer), Theodore Tsaousidis (meditation and psycho-spiritual teacher), Liz White (veteran political activist and Animal Alliance founder), Rob Laidlaw (the original Zoochecker and best-selling children’s author), Sheryl Fink (Canada’s veteran seal campaigner), […]


Time for Change at Spruce Haven Zoo in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Ben the black bear has spent more than 25 years in a tiny, substandard cage at the Spruce Haven (Nature Park) Zoo, a small privately-operated zoo in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Able to walk only for a few seconds in one direction or another, Ben is confined on a hard […]


Journey to Churchill exhibit disappointing

Commentary by Rob Laidlaw Originally posted October 20, 2014 During a recent visit to Winnipeg, Manitoba, I stopped in at the Assiniboine Park Zoo to have a look at their new Journey to Churchill exhibit. Reportedly constructed at a cost of $80 million, the exhibit complex is the first phase […]


Toronto Consultation on Exotic Animals – Participate Now!

For years, a handful of businesses (including several zoos) have been allowed to bring prohibited exotic animals into the City of Toronto for “educational” presentations, shows and exhibits under an exemption for organizations and businesses associated with the zoo industry. A wide variety of animals, including giant constricting snakes, kangaroos, […]


Report challenges value of cetacean captivity

Media Release December 14, 2016 REPORT CHALLENGES CLAIMS THAT KEEPING WHALES AND DOLPHINS CAPTIVE IS JUSTIFIABLE The recent deaths of beluga whales Qila and Aurora have thrust the issue of captive display of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Vancouver back into the spotlight. The Vancouver Humane Society and Zoocheck […]


Review of Ontario animal welfare system announced

NOTE: Various media reports have erroneously described the Zoocheck/Animal Alliance review as an “investigation into the OSPCA.” That is not correct. The intention of this project is to produce a comprehensive report on the entire animal welfare system in Ontario. Media Release – October 25, 2016 ZOOCHECK AND ANIMAL ALLIANCE […]


We were right, zoos were wrong: Elephants better off

by Barry Kent MacKay Now that emotive rhetoric has faded and the third anniversary fast approaches, let us pause to think about what happened three years ago this fall. Toronto Zoo had three African elephants: Toka, Iringa, and zoo-born Thika. Last year, Iringa, who had arrived with serious, increasingly painful […]

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Special Training and Environmental Enrichment Workshop

Enhancing the Welfare of Rescued Animals with Positive Reinforcement Training and Environmental Enrichment with Margaret Whitaker OCTOBER 5 & 6, 2016 This unique two-day Workshop is designed for anyone working with animals in sanctuaries, rescue centers, zoos and other facilities. The workshop features an array of topics related to behavioral […]