"One should doubtless keep an open mind...though open at both ends, like the food pipe, and have a capacity for excretion as well as intake." -- Northrop Frye, 'The Great Code'
Monday, June 6, 2011
Bye, bye Guzoo?
Ezra Levant had an excellent show today about Alberta government bureaucrats shutting down Guzoo, a small private Alberta zoo. The shutdown order is based on an inspection by CAZA under contract to the AB government. There was no hearing, no court proceedings and, according to the AB minister in charge, no possibility of appeal. Zoo owner, Bill Gustafson, has $1.5M and over 20 years invested in a project that is being shutdown by bureaucratic fiat. I can't say I know much about the conditions at Guzoo but this Gestapo-like behaviour by the AB government certainly isn't right. It's one more black mark against the Stelmach regime.
Ezra did a great job of interviewing grilling CAZA National Director, Bill Peters, questioning why CAZA (which represents the big professioal, government funded zoos) didn't recuse itself from involvement because its member are competitors of private zoos and, according to Peters, are against the existence of any private zoo. Peters nevertheless insisted on CAZA's complete objectivity in the matter. Ya, sure! Ezra also noted that the Calgary Zoo (a CAZA member) has in recent years had 41 exotic animals die under its 'care'. Yet it's Guzoo, whose animals are apparently well treated, that is being shut down. Peters mumbled something about CAZA having done a very extensive report on the Calgary Zoo.
Ezra asked that listeners write weasely Alberta MLA Richard Marz to protest the Guzoo shutdown order. Will do.
"It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences." -- C. S. Lewis