April 29th, 2013 by Nicole Meyer
Elephant-Sized Demonstration at Bowmanville Zoo
IDA wants to thank all of our supporters who attended a demonstration at the Bowmanville Zoo in Ontario, Canada. In Defense of Animals (IDA), the Kebek Animal Rights Association (KARA), and the Durham Animal Rights Alliance (DARA) joined forces on the zoo’s opening day on April 27th to speak out for Limba—one of three elephants living a life of solitary confinement in zoos in Canada.
More than 80 people attended the demonstration to raise awareness about Limba’s plight and urge the zoo to send Limba to a facility that can better meet her social and physical needs. Supporters held signs that read “Limba Deserves Better,” “Honk to Free Limba,” and “Bowmanville Zoo Exploits Animals for Profit.” The zoo attempted to stage a counter demo and offered free admission to anyone who agreed to hold a sign for the zoo. Yet in the end, the zoo’s efforts to stem the surge of support for Limba fell flat.
The Bowmanville Zoo made IDA’s 2012 list of Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants for housing a solitary elephant, its archaic management methods, inadequate exhibit, and for maintaining an elephant in a cold climate.