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Ailing and Lonely Old Elephant Has Nothing to Celebrate, Say Zoocheck, Voice for Animals, and PETA
For Immediate Release:July 16, 2010
Contact:David Perle 757-622-7382
Edmonton, AB -- Holding up signs that read, "Lucy Has Nothing to Celebrate" and "Let Lucy Celebrate Retirement," members of Zoocheck, Voice for Animals, and PETA will converge on Edmonton's Valley Zoo on Sunday as the zoo holds its summer celebration. Lucy, a 35-year-old Asian elephant, suffers from arthritis and chronic foot problems--both of which are leading causes of death among captive elephants--as well as respiratory problems and behavior that indicates severe psychological distress. She lives in pain and has suffered in solitary confinement for three years, spending long winters cooped up indoors in a tiny stall with no companionship and nothing to see or do. Edmonton's cold climate is detrimental to Lucy's health, and experts agree that she must be moved to a warm-weather sanctuary.
When: Sunday, July 18, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Entrance to the Valley Zoo parking lot (by the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park sign), 13315 Buena Vista Rd., Edmonton
"Lucy should not have to suffer through one more lonely, miserable winter at the Valley Zoo in Edmonton," says PETA Director Debbie Leahy. "Her confinement at the zoo is slowly killing her, and the only thing worth celebrating would be her retirement to a sanctuary."
PETA and Zoocheck are awaiting a court decision in the lawsuit they filed to force the zoo to free Lucy. At a sanctuary, Lucy would enjoy the company of other elephants and the freedom to roam acres of lush land.
Since 1991, 14 North American zoos have closed their elephant exhibits or announced plans to phase them out, citing their inability to cater to these complex animals.
TV personality Bob Barker, who visited Edmonton last September to make a personal appeal asking for Lucy to be allowed to pack her trunk for the PAWS Sanctuary in sunny California, will be available for telephone interviews on Sunday between 1 and 4 p.m.
For more information, please visit SaveLucy.ca.
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