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Protest held over sick elephant’s fate

A small group of demonstrators blocked traffic at Edmonton’s Valley Zoo to protest what they say is poor treatment of the facility’s lone female elephant.

The group wants Lucy to be transferred to an elephant sanctuary and carried signs reading: “Lucy is not too old to move.”

Protester Faris Anderson says the group wants a second opinion on Lucy’s health, saying Edmonton’s weather is too harsh and the Asian elephant will die if she stays in the city.

Anderson says keeping Lucy alone when elephants are by nature social animals is like keeping humans in solitary confinement in Siberia.

The protest angered several drivers who honked their horns and nudged the protesters with their vehicles.

In turn, some demonstrators approached young children and told them the zoo was a cruel place.

Police were called in to restore the peace, telling the protesters they had a right to demonstrate but could not block traffic.

 
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