Keeping Lucy captive without another elephant is against the government of Alberta’s standards for zoos. These laws clearly state that any animal living in a zoo should be in appropriate social groupings. Lucy has been alone for a few years now. Further, Alberta’s Animal Protection Act states, “No person shall cause or permit an animal of which the person is the owner or the person in charge to be or to continue to be in distress.”
There is little denying that leading a solitary existence has lead to Lucy’s great, prolonged distress. In fact, according to PETA, “Four renowned elephant experts have each unequivocally stated that Lucy is suffering and is deprived of any semblance of a normal life and that the conditions at the zoo causing Lucy’s illness and distress will only continue to exacerbate her health problems if she is not transferred to a sanctuary.”
Female elephants are known to spend most of their lives in close-knit family groups and as highly social animals, they need other elephants for their mental well-being. Lucy’s family bond was taken from her long ago and it’s almost certain she’ll never see her family again unless she is retired to a sanctuary with other elephants. She has the chance to love and be loved at that sanctuary.