Animal welfare groups fighting to see a lone elephant at Edmonton's zoo moved to a sanctuary in the U.S. have been dealt a blow by Alberta's top court.
In a split decision, the Alberta Court of Appeal sided with a lower judge who threw out an attempt to use the courts to have Lucy moved.
A year ago, Justice John Rooke ruled that the case launched against the City of Edmonton by Zoocheck and PETA was an abuse of process.The judge found that there is provincial legislation that sets out how captive animals should be treated and it is up to animal welfare officials to enforce those laws.
The animal rights groups argue Lucy should be transported to a sanctuary, but the city says the elephant gets good care in Edmonton and is too sick to move.
Jackass's Steve-O joined the protested for Lucy's releases last spring.
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