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 Edmonton Zoo, Canada, Lucy
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Posted: Mar 30 2012, 01:08 PM


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Lucy the Elephant Open For Tours

http://blogs.atlanticcityweekly.com/ac-cen...open-for-tours/

I hope there's a protest.


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Posted: Apr 8 2012, 02:15 PM


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New Video PSA for Lucy ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5lf2KjvllI


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Posted: Apr 8 2012, 04:12 PM


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QUOTE (spiritedlulu @ Apr 8 2012, 03:15 PM)
New Video PSA for Lucy ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5lf2KjvllI

I have written
SRD Minister Honorable Frank Oberle asking him to withhold the zoo's permits. SRD.minister@gov.ab.ca

A touching and truthful video. Someone must step up to the plate and save this elephant, a hopeless elephant won't last much longer.
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Posted: Apr 20 2012, 11:07 AM


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Thanks to a member of TEC facebook for this link.

Lucy is still stayin' put

Calgary Zoo’s elephants are packing their trunks, but Edmonton’s Lucy is staying put.

Edmonton Valley Zoo veterinarian Milton Ness said the situation in Edmonton is completely different, even though both zoos are getting out of the elephant business.

“We’ve got an individual elephant with a very specific problem that doesn’t allow for us to be able to move her,” Ness said.


http://www.edmontonsun.com/2012/04/19/lucy-still-stayin-put


Some good comments, including this one from "Jeanne10":
There are those of us who won't stop fighting for Lucy until a panel of 9+ independent experts rules that she is too ill to be moved. City council and the zoo can end this issue once for all by doing this. The one and only outside vet to examine her has a history of bad decisions regarding elephant welfare but please include him in this panel. I bet he would be the one dissenter as he was with Maggie in Alaska.


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Posted: Apr 27 2012, 02:10 PM


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Thanks to a member of TEC Facebook for alerting us to this report with video - there is a poll facility for voting.

Top court won't hear appeal on Edmonton's Lucy the elephant

Courts shouldn't be expected to take over animal husbandry when there are other public bodies with that responsibility, Justices Frans Slatter and Peter Costigan wrote in their majority decision.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/04/26/top-c...cy-the-elephant


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Posted: May 3 2012, 04:33 AM


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Thanks to a member of TEC Facebook for alerting us to this blog from Born Free USA's Canadian representative.

A Jumbo-Sized Tragedy for Lucy the Elephant

According to reports from zoo visitors, she’s largely kept from public view of late, although some of her defenders have glimpsed her at a distance, and worry that she’s limping more than ever.

http://www.bornfreeusa.org/weblog_canada.php?p=3242&more=1


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Posted: Nov 29 2012, 05:31 AM


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Edmonton mayor slams Toronto’s ‘ridiculous’ motion to move Lucy the elephant

An irate Mayor Stephen Mandel slammed Toronto city council Wednesday for its “ridiculous” motion urging Edmonton to ship Lucy the elephant south ...

But Mandel said the best veterinarians in North America have checked out the Valley Zoo’s lone 37-year-old Asian elephant and determined she wouldn’t survive a long trip.

Among other ailments, Lucy has a long-standing respiratory problem that experts fear could be fatal under the stress of travelling.


http://www.edmontonjournal.com/technology/...2253/story.html


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Posted: Nov 29 2012, 05:49 AM


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McCartney helps Edmonton activists who want Lucy the elephant moved

But now the former Beatle, in Edmonton for sold-out concerts Wednesday and Thursday at Rexall Place, is proving it by lending his support to the Valley Zoo’s namesake, a 37-year-old elephant.

The musician and animal rights activist has granted permission for representatives from the organization Voice for Animals to set up a display at the arena both days advertising the plight of the pachyderm that advocates would like to see removed and sent to a sanctuary in a warmer climate where she can enjoy the companionship of other elephants.


http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/story.html?id=7622484


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Posted: Nov 30 2012, 12:04 PM


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As I post this article, I see it is minus 13 degrees C in Edmonton with light flurries.
Is this a proper place to keep a lone Asian elephant?

Staples: That’s the smell of rhetoric wafting around Lucy the elephant

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/travel/Stap...0372/story.html


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Posted: Dec 9 2012, 05:44 AM


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Another report dated 28 November 2012:

‘It’s none of their business’: Edmonton mayor irate over ‘ridiculous’ Toronto motion telling Alberta capital what to do with its elephant

Born in Sri Lanka, Lucy has lived at Edmonton’s Valley Zoo since the age of two. In recent years, efforts to move her to a warmer climate with other elephants has become a cause célèbre.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/28/ed...h-its-elephant/


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Posted: Jan 15 2013, 12:26 PM


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Edmonton Zoo has taken first place on IDA’s 2012 Top Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list.

1. Edmonton Valley Zoo, Alberta, Canada - As Bad as It Gets

http://www.helpelephants.com/top_ten_worst_zoos_2012.html


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Posted: Jan 16 2013, 07:22 AM


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Zoos in Edmonton, Bowmanville top group's list of worst facilities

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/zoos-in-edmon...6#ixzz2I8m3yVtE





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Posted: Feb 19 2013, 05:24 AM


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Thanks to a member of TEC Facebook for the link to these 2 articles:

Protesters block traffic at Valley Zoo, say Lucy the elephant should be moved

The Lucy the elephant debate was reignited on Family Day, when a group of more than a dozen protesters gathered at the Valley Zoo in an effort to spread their message that Lucy should be moved.

Protesters want the 38-year-old elephant to be taken to a sanctuary before it's too late ...


Read more: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/protesters-bloc...8#ixzz2LL5DrLv4


Family Day protest over Lucy the elephant

At the entrance to the empty parking lot, protesters held signs reading, "Free Lucy" and "Shame on Zoo." One banner asked, "Why won't the Valley Zoo allow veteran zoologists to help Lucy with her illness?"

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canad...218-193633.html


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"What surprises me the most is the number of zoo veterinarians and zoo keepers that continue to visit Sauraha but never helped to get these elephants off chains. Seem unconscionable to me."
Carol Buckley, Nepal's Chain-Free Corral Project in Sauraha
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Posted: Jun 23 2013, 06:19 AM


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8 photos of the protest.

Lucy

Lucy's life at the Valley Zoo is deficient in many respects. She is socially isolated, lives in a tiny barren enclosure, endures a number of ongoing health issues that the zoo has not been able to resolve and is forced to live through Edmonton's cold winters.

https://www.facebook.com/michael.medlar/lik...98948162&type=1


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Video (2:03):

Elephant debate flares up again

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Edmonton/ID/2402141898/


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Transfer of Toronto elephants to warmer climate revives debate over Edmonton’s Lucy

A local animal rights organization staged a protest Sunday at the west-end zoo to demand the city convene a panel of experts to examine Lucy the Asian elephant and reassess whether it’s safe enough to move her.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Transfer+To...9548/story.html


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via Facebook:

New photos of Lucy at the Valley Zoo in Edmonton taken today. The Valley Zoo is #2 on In Defense of Animals list of the "Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants" for 2013, and has appeared on their annual list four times now. Lucy is a solitary elephant and she hasn't seen another elephant since 2007.

Photo credit all photos: Sheryl Zaharko

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=577...&type=1&theater


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Thanks to TEC Facebook member Lori for informing us of this passing.
She writes:
Lucy's vet, Dr. Milton Ness at the Valley Zoo in Edmonton, has died. He reportedly ran a half-marathon on Sunday and felt unwell afterwards. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

From Valley Zoo Facebook:
We would like to acknowledge the loss of an important member of our Edmonton Valley Zoo family. Dr Milton Ness, a passionate and dedicated friend to all animals. Our thoughts are with his family and all of his co-workers at this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.

https://www.facebook.com/BuildingOurZoo/pos...3834166?fref=nf


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Posted: May 4 2014, 03:01 AM


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Man who tended to Lucy the elephant dies

The city was unable to comment on what will happen with future care of Lucy and other zoo animals while they work to find a replacement.

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/05/03/man-...e-elephant-dies


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