A group of animal rights activists has stationed themselves at the entrance and exit of the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove.
In a Facebook Live video, demonstrator Meghan Beattie says the attempt is to drive away potential visitors, adding today’s action was “only the first of many zoo protests.”
A website linked to the group called Greater Vancouver Zoo Facts claims keeping exotic animals in captivity for profit is cruel, and advocates for the facility to be used only as a sanctuary for rescue animals.
Earlier, CKNW listeners had tweeted that the group, bearing signs reading “Captivity is Cruel” and “Boycott GV Zoo,” had taken to a nearby overpass over Highway 1.
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Langley RCMP Sergeant Damian Volk says the group of about 20 people was peaceful.
“Yeah, there was no problems, our members went by just to go check it out, the Zoo’s hired their own security, just to make sure that, you know, nothing gets out of hand, but we swung by just to check it out and there’s no problems there.”
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Volk says they were given a heads up yesterday that there would be a protest at the zoo.
CKNW has reached out to the Greater Vancouver Zoological Centre for comment.
With files from Michelle Morton