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Bob Barker’s ‘Win-Win-Win’ Plan for Lucy

Written by PETA | March 24, 2011

Backing up his beliefs with bucks, animal activist Bob Barker has offered the City of Edmonton $100,000—to use however it wants—if it will allow independent elephant experts to assess Lucy, the sick and depressed elephant at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. 

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Lucy has trouble breathing because of an undiagnosed ailment. She also suffers from arthritis and chronic foot problems—the leading causes of death in captive elephants. Once Lucy is diagnosed and treated, the zoo will have no excuses left to avoid moving her to a sanctuary, where she’d enjoy the company of other elephants and have open, grassy meadows in which to walk, smell the roses, and heal.

Calling his offer a “win-win-win scenario,” Bob says, “It’s crucial that Lucy’s condition be accurately diagnosed before her health deteriorates further. It is indefensible that Lucy has been forced to live in misery for all these years.”

In other Lucy news, the appeal of PETA and Zoocheck Canada‘s lawsuit against the zoo is scheduled to be heard March 29. Watch for updates.

In the meantime, please implore Edmonton officials not to let Lucy become the next Knut.  

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Tibbs says:

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  • Çadı says:

    beautiful and descriptive website

  • Web Tasarım says:

    I wish I had sooner!

  • Denise says:

    re: Irene Leggett Canadians do the right thing FOR ONCE? Umm… Lucy’s captivity is not Canada’s fault, neither is the seal hunt. It’s individual Canadians. Just like individual American’s who support dog fighting or individual Chinese who choose to torture and eat dogs. I agree that Lucy should be freed and I would love to see the city of Edmonton allow Lucy to live the rest of her days at PAWS. But don’t bash Canada for the decision of the actual Valley Zoo.

  • starfire says:

    Look, let’s be real here – lucy is suffering, but she’ll suffer more if she’s moved. We need to be more humane and let her live the rest of her life in one place than risk KILLING her in transport. We’d be seen as the cruel ones if she died in transport, not the original offenders. Just food for thought.

  • Irene Leggett says:

    Come on Canada, show you’ve got a heart for once. Unlike the baby seals, you can at least let Lucy have a fighting chance to retire somewhere more suitable for her needs. Do the right thing for once.

  • zeroelliott says:

    In my country,we have a lone elephant that has a horse as its friend-this can work out well-try it….

  • Adair Leonard says:

    Thank you, Bob Barker, for your compassion for Lucy. I pray that the Edmonton Valley Zoo will release her to a sanctuary where she can live out her remaining years in comfort and peace.

  • Brenda Armour says:

    I will be heart broken if the next post I write is RIP Lucy. Please as a Canadian free Lucy and let her retire in peace !

  • gp says:

    Elephants are such social animals – being alone for 17 or more years is cruel punishment. Has PETA mounted an email drive?

  • PETA says:

    Lucy is 35 years old and has spent half her life in solitary confinement at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

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