Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Retired Animals from Stanley Park Petting Zoo May Have Been Sent to Slaughter: Petting Zoo Goats May Have Been Sold for Meat

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Retired Animals from Stanley Park Petting Zoo May Have Been Sent to Slaughter: Petting Zoo Goats May Have Been Sold for Meat

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VANCOUVER - Dozens of animals that delighted children at a now-closed petting zoo operated by the City of Vancouver may have ended up on someone's dinner table.

Vancouver Park Board chairwoman Constance Barnes said the city's lawyer has been told to take aggressive action against a Fraser Valley farmer if it's proven he sold some of the animals for meat.

She said the farmer signed an adoption agreement with the park board in which he agreed to treat the animals humanely, not to slaughter them.

"As frightening as that is, it is the reality, and that's why I think we need to be diligent as we can going forward and making sure that this person is absolutely held accountable, because this was not part of the agreement," she told a Vancouver radio station.

The agreement required the farmer to allow the goats and sheep from the Stanley Park petting zoo to live out their natural lives, but Barnes said there is concern that most of the 17 goats and four sheep sent to the Langley farm have been sold to a slaughterhouse. …

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