Greenpeace and the David Suzuki Foundation are Relieved that the Last Remaining Val-d'Or Caribou will not be Sent to the Zoo

Press release - June 7, 2017
Montreal, June 6 2017 -- In response to the St-Félicien zoo’s decision to refuse the Val-d’Or caribou, forcing the Québec government to rescind its decision to move the herd to the zoo, environmental groups breathed a sigh of relief.

Montreal, June 6 2017 -- In response to the St-Félicien zoo’s decision to refuse the Val-d’Or caribou, forcing the Québec government to rescind its decision to move the herd to the zoo, environmental groups breathed a sigh of relief.

Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Olivier Kolmel said:

“It’s encouraging to see the St-Félicien Zoo stand up to this absurd decision of the government to take a wild caribou herd out of its natural habitat and send them to the zoo. The fact that both scientists and Indigenous People were caught completely by surprise by this scheme, and only found out through the media, shows an obvious lack of transparency and consultation on the part of the government which needs to be addressed.”

Louise Héneault-Ethier, head of scientific projects at the David Suzuki Foundation, said:

"Although the situation remains serious, we are heartened to learn that this herd may still have a chance to survive in its natural habitat, and that it will continue to remind us every day of the importance of preserving the boreal forest in a state that allows the survival of its rich biodiversity and the populations that depend on it. "

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For more information:

Philippa Duchastel de Montrouge, Communications Officer, Greenpeace, , 514-929-8227