Two animal welfare groups still thinks more can be done for Lucy the elephant, so they’re launching a new legal action.
Voice 4 Animals Executive Director Tove Reece says her group and Zoocheck believe the Alberta government overlooked a lot when they renewed the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s permit.
“The law says that animals have to be kept in numbers and groupings that are natural to them and they have to be kept in enclosures that allow some of their natural behaviors. The zoo is not meeting those standards,” said Reece.
Reece says to meet those standards Lucy has to be moved, but Valley Zoo officials have said it would be detrimental to the 40-year-old Asian elephant’s health if that were to happen.
“No elephant has ever died on the road moving them to a sanctuary, so I think it’s fair to say that Lucy would almost for sure be fine. She’s not old, she’s middle aged.”
Reece says the legal action they’ve put forward would help reverse the Alberta government’s permit for the Valley Zoo.
“Really, the only option is to move Lucy. The zoo has said they will not be getting anymore elephants and we absolutely don’t think they should. There’s no room at the zoo for another elephant and why put another elephant in distress?”
Reece says the matter should be before the courts by early October. (djs)