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Activists plan further action over elephant

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EDMONTON -- Animal rights activists are considering their next move after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled it will not get involved in a fight over a 36-year-old Asian zoo elephant.

The high court on Thursday declined to hear an appeal by animal rights groups who are trying to have Lucy moved from the city-owned Edmonton Valley Zoo to a warm wildlife sanctuary in the United States.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Zoocheck wanted to challenge an Alberta Court of Appeal split decision last August that ruled against their application to sue the City of Edmonton over Lucy.

"There are other options to take this case forward," said animal rights activist Tove Reece.

"There are judicial reviews and things like that. Those are things that we're going to be looking at," she said. "They talk about how much they love Lucy and how much they care about her, and yet they don't care enough about her to solve her medical problems."

A rally in front of Edmonton city hall was already being planned for today by members from at least two animal advocacy groups.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 27, 2012 A18

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