Anywhere But Here: Elmvale Zoo

Recently, I visited Elmvale Zoo, out near Wasaga Beach, Ontario. To be honest, I felt sorry for this lot of animals, who are mostly penned up and have never known what it’s like to fly or run. It was sad. There was so much wire fencing and the spaces were quite small for some really large creatures, like lions, jaguars, lynxes, eagles, and the like.

I’ve never been a fan of zoos. And I used to study with people in my Environmental Studies program, who actively protest zoos, so I do know the horrors of what happens in these caged up places. Marineland is one of the worst perpetrators. Although I love their song, “Everyone loves Marineland!”, what those waters contain and do to the captive sea creatures is another story. I know at one such marine park that the Orca Whale purposely killed two of the trainers, most likely out of frustration with their daily routines and living in so much chlorinated water. Anyway, at least I did my part here by informing people. I did struggle with whether or not to participate in this zoo adventure, and now I know — it is a sorry tale, indeed.

These animals had more adequate space.

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