Elephant on trial

Zoocheck and PETA retain Clayton Ruby in the fight to find Lucy the elephant a new home.

Ruby said he will file a lawsuit in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench unless the City of Edmonton agrees by Nov. 19 to allow Lucy to be shipped to a sanctuary in California. He noted a court case could cost city taxpayers dearly.

“She’s given enough to the children and families of Edmonton. It’s time to let her go retire in California, rather than spend hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting this lawsuit,” he said.

In his legal brief, Ruby writes that the 34-year-old elephant lacks the “necessities of and comforts of life” because she is kept alone, despite acknowledgment by experts that female elephants are highly social animals and should be housed with others of their kind. He notes that provincial standards for zoos in Alberta require that “animals must be maintained in numbers sufficient to meet their behavioural and social needs.”

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