The Toronto Zoo made the ridiculous claim that its animals are “voluntary” injected with the experimental COVID-19 shots, implying that zoo animals are given informed consent of injections that can cause serious injuries or death.
Toronto Zoo has been administering COVID-19 vaccines to 120 susceptible animals — including hippos, tigers and bears. pic.twitter.com/4MNkFkqppc
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 22, 2022
“According to the zoo, animals are given the choice if they want a vaccine or not.”
This is insane. Peak 🤡 🌎 must be near. https://t.co/4DojX8j8IO
— Joel (@jahoek) April 24, 2022
Toronto Zoo CEO Dolf DeJong told CP24: “These are voluntary inoculations. The animals choose to come over and interact with the animal care staff and then are delivered the vaccine. Some days they participate. Some days, they don’t. So we’ll keep working at it until we get all 120 inoculated.”
DeJong said that the animals slated to receive the vaccine range from “small to large” and include primates, weasels, ferrets, tigers and pigs.
He said that while the zoo hasn’t had any known cases of COVID-19 amongst its animals so far, there will be some relief in being able to vaccinate the ones who are at an elevated risk of contracting the virus.
“This has been such a challenging time for us. We’ve all been worried about our well-being and our family’s well-being, but for your Toronto Zoo, the animals in our care, we have to be their voice and make sure we’re taking those steps (to protect them). So we’re grateful to have this tool deployed,” he said.
The Toronto Zoo has released a video outlining the process it is using to get the animals vaccinated.
In the video, staff explain how members of the wildlife care team train the animals “to voluntarily present an area of the body for a pretend poke” by rewarding them with a treat.
That same process is then used for the administration of actual shots.
“The animal can walk away at any time, it is completely up to them whether they want to participate or not. Some days are more successful than other days and that is OK. But giving the animals the option to participate in their own healthcare allows us to monitor their health more closely and efficiently without causing any undue stress,” a zoo worker says in the video.
The Toronto Zoo issued this press release repeating the ludicrous claim that the animals receive the injections on a voluntary basis.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to give a tiger a vaccine? What about a red panda? A grizzly bear? Your Toronto Zoo is pleased to announce we have received our COVID-19 vaccines for animals, developed and donated by Zoetis, and have begun the process of vaccinating our COVID-19 susceptible animals. You may be wondering how we are able to get up close enough to administer the vaccines to these animals (especially those with large teeth and claws!). The answer: We give them the choice!
Voluntary positive reinforcement training is something the Wildlife Care staff have been working on with their animals for many years and has been an integral step in ensuring the vaccine rollout results in minimal stress and disruption to the animals’ routines. Many of the animals willingly present an area of the body (such as an arm or tail) as part of their regular training exercises with their trusted keepers, with desirable treats often used as a reward for their participation.
While animals can apparently refuse COVID-19 shots, human workers in Ontario’s capital aren’t given the same privilege.
Humans are treated more like medical experiments than imprisoned animals.
A notice issued by the city government of Toronto said employees, volunteers and students working for the city must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Per the City of Toronto:
All City of Toronto employees are required to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine series by October 30, 2021. For a two dose vaccine series, employees must receive one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by September 30, 2021 and two doses of COVID-19 vaccine by October 30, 2021. For a single dose vaccine series (e.g. Johnson and Johnson), employees must receive the dose by September 30, 2021.
Proof of Vaccination
The City of Toronto requires proof of vaccination from all employees. Proof means documentation verifying receipt of a vaccination series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization.
Employees must disclose their vaccination status to the City in accordance with the established process by no later than September 13, 2021.
Employees who, by September 13, 2021, disclose that they have not received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine (or a single dose in the case of a single dose vaccine series), or who have not disclosed their vaccination status as required, shall attend mandatory education on the benefits of vaccination, in addition to the obligations identified under “Vaccination Requirement” above.
Employees will be required to update their vaccination status in accordance with the established process and by the dates set out in this policy, as they obtain each dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
The City will maintain vaccination disclosure information, including documentation verifying receipt of a vaccination series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, in accordance with privacy legislation. This information will only be used to the extent necessary for implementation of this policy, for administering health and safety protocols, and infection and prevention control measures in the workplace.
Employees may also be required to disclose their vaccination status by law or to otherwise give effect to this policy, including, but not limited to, situations where employees are directed to stay home as a result of the daily screening tool in order to comply with the clearance criteria to return to work (e.g. after experiencing symptoms, a COVID-19 exposure, or a travel quarantine exemption).
Natural News added:
According to the notice, “employees who do not comply with [the mandatory COVID-19] vaccination policy may be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal.” True enough, the Toronto Sun reported in January that 461 city workers were fired for non-compliance with the vaccine mandate.
A Jan. 5 statement released by the city said the almost 500 terminated workers either refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine or opted not to disclose their vaccination status. It added: “The Jan. 2, 2022 deadline for city employees to be compliant with the COVID-19 vaccination policy was extended from last year in order to provide employees additional time to become educated and obtain a vaccine, as well as to allow greater time between first and second doses.”
The statement from Toronto also mentioned that 248 workers were partially vaccinated with one shot of the two-dose vaccine. Those workers will have a vaccination status meeting with their manager and a union representative, it continued.
“If, at that meeting, the employee is found to still not have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine – employment could be terminated that day.”
In Toronto, you have fewer medical rights than zoo animals.
Supposedly, animals can “voluntarily” refuse COVID-19 injections, but human workers cannot say no without repercussions.