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November 25, 2020 - The Star

CANADA: Finding the emotional capacity for animal advocacy

CANADA: Finding the emotional capacity for animal advocacy
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At a virtual news conference last week, Sen. Murray Sinclair and Jane Goodall proposed a bill to ban new captivity of great apes and elephants in Canadian zoos.

If Sinclair’s name rings a bell, it’s because he was chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada — a spokesperson who shone a light on the trauma caused by residential schools and outlined paths toward healing. He spoke eloquently at an Indigenous health conference I attended, and I remember reflecting what a difficult job it must be for him to bear witness to so many personal stories of trauma.

The issue of zoos is close to my heart. In university, I got a summer job working at the zoo in my hometown, until I realized how miserable the animals in it were and quit.

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