The Supreme Court will not hear the animal welfare organization’s appeal in the case of Lucy, the elephant

The Supreme Court will not hear the animal welfare organization's appeal in the case of Lucy, the elephant

An animal welfare organization that wants to remove an elephant from the Edmonton Valley Zoo has no chance before the Canadian Supreme Court to answer.

According to an entry on its website on Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected an application from Zoocheck Canada Inc. to appeal the decision of a lower court in the case of Lucy, the elephant.

Zoocheck had fought for Lucy to move into a more appropriate home than now. In 2017, the charity asked for a judicial review of the Alberta government’s decision to extend Edmonton Valley Zoo approval for 2017-18.

The charity wanted a court to determine whether the zoo’s treatment of Lucy violated part of the Animal Welfare Act.

READ MORE: The city of Edmonton defends Lucy’s care after being “dishonorably mentioned” on the list of the worst elephant zoos

Before the group attempted to hear their case before the Supreme Court, a judge threw Zoocheck’s challenge and said that they had failed to meet the public interest threshold for revoking the permit.

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On Thursday, Zoocheck published a statement on the Supreme Court decision on its Facebook page.

“It seems that arguments about how Lucy is suffering as a result of the government’s failure to enforce zoo standards cannot be heard in court … at least not at this time,” the statement said.

“The problem is that the courts say no one can bring a case for Lucy, and since law enforcement agencies like to put on their blinders, Lucy will be left in a state of suffering at Valley Zoo.

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Animal rights activists have been demanding that Lucy be moved for years, on the grounds that she is forced to live in a confined space, that Edmonton’s cold weather is not suitable for her, and that Lucy is alone.

In 2016, the Edmonton Valley Zoo was rated by the organization In Defense of Animals as the fourth-worst zoo for elephants. It was the seventh year in a row that the zoo was on the group’s annual list. In 2017, the Edmonton Valley Zoo received an “dishonorable mention” of Lucy. The zoo was not on the 2018 list.

Lucy, 44, has lived at the Alberta Zoo since 1977. The zoo has long argued that moving to a sanctuary would be harmful to them and could even lead to their death.

The African elephant was diagnosed with both dental and breathing problems. Lindsey Galloway, managing director of the Edmonton Valley Zoo, has argued that moving Lucy would be unethical. However, she said the zoo is planning changes to their enclosure and routine to make them as comfortable as possible.

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Earlier this month, an investigation by the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine determined that Lucy should not be taken to a sanctuary.

READ MORE: The last exam recommends Lucy stay at the Edmonton Valley Zoo

The case of Lucy has been raised by animal rights activists from around the world, particularly former TV game show host Bob Barker.

– With files from 630 CHEDs Kirby Bourne

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