Is opposition to animals in captivity prompting the move to close the Conservatory and petting zoo?
In the debate raging about the closure of two of Vancouver's coveted park attractions – the Bloedel Conservatory, and the Stanley Park Farmyard (aka the petting zoo) – the question has shifted to why these facilities were targeted and not others? Some are wondering if this is about animals in captivity.
It's a well-known hobbyhorse of the left that they do not like animals or sea mammals to be held in captivity. The Vision Vancouver Park Board caucus have never explicitly stated their opposition to animals in captivity, yet the question has been asked enough that we felt we should raise.
In the case of the Farm, the animals for the most part are domestic breeds – pigs, goats and the like. The Conservatory is home to approximately 100 exotic birds. The import of exotic birds in recent years has been highly controversial, and strictly controlled by the federal government.
Organizations like PETA are militantly opposed to any animals being held in captivity, calling them "pitiful prisons" and mere entertainment rather than places to educate. PETA and Vision are ethically-connected by their attachment to the Tides Foundation, the leading funder for left wing causes in the USA and Canada. Mayor Gregor Robertson's sage and key financial backer is Tides board member Joel Solomon.
Vision's stated aim has been to "out NPA the NPA" and provide a 2% tax increase in their upcoming budget. But we should ask if there is an ulterior motive behind the hasty decision to close these 2 valued public attractions.