Written by PETA
Rock icon and
animal advocate Joan Jett's
version of "I Love
Rock 'n' Roll"
topped the charts, but one thing Joan doesn't love is the Edmonton Valley Zoo's
refusal to release its lone elephant, Lucy, to a sanctuary. Ahead of her
performance in Alberta on Saturday, Joan sent a letter to Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel
and the zoo's director, Denise Prefontaine, reminding them that every moment that
Lucy remains in Edmonton is a misery. Joan writes, "This animal is
basically being tortured. I urge you to please release Lucy to a sanctuary
before the unbearably cold Canadian winter weather returns this year."
should follow the lead of their colleagues in Toronto, who overwhelmingly voted by a 31-4 majority to send the zoo's three elephants to sanctuary.
agree that if elephants are not with others of their kind, these highly
intelligent and social animals experience psychological distress, and Lucy has
been the only elephant at the Edmonton Valley Zoo
for more than four years. The cold climate and confinement to a small barn have
also contributed to Lucy's poor health. She suffers from arthritis, obesity,
chronic foot ailments, and respiratory problems, all of which would likely
improve if she were able to join other elephants at a sanctuary
with a more appropriate climate and miles of open space to roam.
Please join Joan, Bob Barker,
PETA, Zoocheck, and the thousands of
compassionate Canadians who are campaigning for Lucy's freedom by clicking here to contact Mayor Mandel and the Edmonton
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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