The Edmonton Valley Zoo is being investigated by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) following a complaint made by Animal Justice. The complaint alleges that the zoo is failing to provide adequate care for its animals––particularly its lone elephant, Lucy––contrary to industry standards and the province’s animal protection laws. In their complaint, Animal Justice cites the Zoo’s public funding request for $10.9 million to the City of Edmonton in late 2022, which states that “a number of animal enclosures do not currently meet (CAZA) standards.” Animal Justice is urging CAZA to take the necessary corrective or disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or revoking the Zoo’s membership.
Edmonton Valley Zoo Under Investigation by Canadian Zoo Regulator
Excerpt from Animal Law Digest: Canada Edition: Issue 36