World Society for the Protection of Animals

World Society for the Protection of Animals

October 04, 2005 07:01 ET

Media Advisory: News Conference Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

McGuinty government failing to protect animals, people: WSPA assigns a grade of 'F' to Ontario zoos Attention: Agriculture Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 4, 2005) - When: Tuesday, October 4th, at 10:00 am EDT

What: A new report, Failing the Grade: A Report on Conditions in Ontario's Zoos, says that animals are suffering, public at risk as a result of inadequate zoo licensing. Report cards will be issued to 16 Ontario zoos, the majority of which failed a new zoo exhibit audit conducted by the World Society for the Protection of Animals. An overall report card will assign a grade of 'F' to the Ontario government for failing to address animal welfare and public safety problems observed at Ontario zoos.

Who: Patrick Tohill, Campaigns and Communications Manager, World Society for the Protection of Animals (Canada)

Melissa Tkachyk, Campaigns Officer, World Society for the Protection of Animals (Canada)

Where: Queen's Park Media Studio, Room 148
Legislative Building, Queen's Park

Editor's Notes: A news release will be issued to Ontario media outside of Toronto subsequent to the news conference. The following zoos are featured in Failing the Grade: Toronto Zoo (Toronto), Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary (Barrie), Bergerons Exotic Animal Sanctuary (Picton), Bowmanville Zoo (Bowmanville), Colasanti's Tropical Gardens (Ruthven), Elmvale Jungle Zoo (Elmvale), Greenview Aviaries Park and Zoo (Ridgetown), Killman Zoo (Caledonia), Jungle Cat World (Orono), Lickety-Split Ranch and Zoo (London), Muskoka Wildlife Centre (Severn Bridge), Northwood Buffalo and Exotic Animal Ranch (Seagrave), Papanack Park Zoo (Wendover), Pineridge Zoo (Grand Bend), Twin Valley Zoo (Brantford), Zooz Nature Park (Stevensville).
/For further information: For interviews, broadcast quality footage,
or copies of the report, contact:
Melissa Tkachyk
Campaigns Officer
(416) 819-7424 mobile/ IN: AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, JUSTICE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Pat Tohill, Campaigns Manager, World Society for the Protection of Animals
    Primary Phone: 416-898-9448