Elephant on trial

Lucy’s case heading to court.

“We’re alleging a violation of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta,” Ruby said. “In order to succeed, we have to show that, the City of Edmonton keeps Lucy, and that Lucy is in distress … for the purposes of this lawsuit, distress means that Lucy is deprived of adequate shelter and space, and alternatively, that Lucy is in pain and suffering. We say both operate here.”

The application is supported by affidavits filed by veterinarians and elephant experts, including Dr. Joyce Poole, an elephant behaviour expert, and Dr. Philip Ensley, a veterinarian who worked at the San Diego Zoo for almost 30 years.


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