Form Letter - Adam Vaughan - Re: The Toronto Star Article
Dear Adam Vaughan,
I am a concerned citizen who is writing you in regards to your recent comments on the Star article about the Ripley’s Aquarium. That you would be supportive of a facility that has made no secret it’s intention to capture wild animals from their natural ocean environment, and then contain them in tanks and aquariums that are mere fraction of the size of their original homes is disheartening. Animals in aquariums have been shown to suffer tremendously while in captivity. In studies out of the UK it was noted that up to 70% of wild caught reef fish could die in their first captive year from stress and disease. With Ripley’s hoping to have 13,000 fish in their facility, which could be upwards of 9000 fish that will die in their care annually.
I am asking you to please reconsider your position on the Toronto Aquarium. As a politician, it is understood that you may not feel comfortable denouncing the aquarium publically, and though we would be pleased for you to do so, it would be equally helpful for you to not speak positively about it in media and public conversations.
Public perception is beginning to shift about animals in captivity. With each passing year more and more people are opposed to caging and holding animals in captivity for marginal (at best) educational benefit. I would like to remind you that the more you speak positively about this facility now, the more foolish you will look when the condition of these animals is exposed in the coming months and years, as it most certainly will be. I would like to ask you to please side with the animals, the compassionate community members who are in your riding and beyond and concerned citizens like myself who see this facility for what it really is: A cruel and archaic form of entertainment, poorly veiled as conservation and education.
If you are interested in finding out more about the building Aquarium Resistance in Toronto please check out the folks at The Toronto Aquarium Resistance Alliance (TARA) and they will surely help you find all the information you may desire on the subject. In addition you can speak to the good folks at Zoocheck and the activists at the Marineland Animal Defense (M.A.D.) All of these groups would be happy to provide resources for you if you’d like to understand better why captive animal entertainment will never be a boon to a city like Toronto. We would be better off without the aquarium, and in time even those supportive of it now will see that. This is an opportunity for you to do the right thing from the start. We’d love welcome you into our compassionate community as an ally.
Adam Vaughan @ Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C50
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
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