Hosted by Debbie Dahmer
Guests will be: Mary-Ann Holm -President & Campaign Coordinator at Lucy's Edmonton Advocates' Project & Anika Sleem- Director and Trustee at Free The Wild Global https://www.freethewild.org/
TOPIC: Update on Lucy the Elephant's health, LEAP and Free the Wild Involvement..
Lucy the Elephant has been at the Edmonton Valley Zoo for 44 years and turns 46 this year. This is an ominous milestone as zoo elephants rarely survive to their mid forties. Lucy suffers from a number of zoo induced ailments which will shorten her life expectancy. She has no other elephant companions, which is considered cruel by elephant experts due to their highly complex social needs. The harsh Edmonton climate is detrimental to her health and painful for her ongoing arthritis and foot disease. Lucy lives in a tiny concrete cell and is only allowed outdoors for short controlled walks, weather permitting many days she never gets out at all.
Free the Wild sent a letter from our co-founder Cher to Mayor Don Iveson and the Director or Edmonton Valley Zoo, Gary Dewar. We offered to send an independent elephant expert vet to examine Lucy and determine the genuine status of her health.
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