Controversy Over Zoo Statue

September 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer


The Calgary Zoo is defending its decision to erect a statue in front of the elephant enclosure.

The statue is a depiction of the elephant headed Hindu god Ganesha.

Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles and is often the deity whom worshippers first acknowledge when they visit a temple.

Many people like it but some critics say that the statue does not belong at the zoo.

Concerned Christians Canada says religious statues should not be in publicly funded spaces.

The group wants the zoo to remove the statue or allow other religious groups to place icons from their faiths around the zoo.