On Jan 15th, 2022 LEAP advocates joined up with fellow advocates around the world to hold a candle light vigil for the 57 captive elephants (plus 29 temple elephants in Kerala, India) that died in captivity in 2021. We had videos and photos sent in from around the world of their own private vigils. Unfortunately, due to Covid, (yet again) there were fewer group vigils held this year than in the past.
Individual Vigil Photos Video
On Saturday, January 15, 2022 one of the LEAP admins and another dedicated Lucy supporter visited Edmonton Valley Zoo to check on Lucy. While it’s difficult for anyone with a heart to visit the zoo, it is essential to our advocacy to have up to date information and footage. The pathways were a sheet of ice on which the zoo had dumped a lot of sand and gravel. We can’t imagine that feels very nice on Lucy’s poor feet. Notice how tightly Lucy is controlled, not allowed to grab branches and at one point the keeper points their bullhook at Lucy. We will never stop fighting for Lucy to be assessed by a non zoo industry elephant expert, because we strongly suspect she could safely travel to sanctuary, and be free of this tortuous life.
Photos and video provided by LEAP admin LJ Wocky
On February 23, 2022 LEAP advocates once again showed up to City of Edmonton council meeting for the 33rd Step Up For Lucy Event. Because of Covid, the last City Hall meeting LEAP members attended was in November 2019!
On March 21, 2022 LEAP held a meeting for locals at Padmanadi Vegetrarian Restaurant to try to get them more involved and plans for what plans we have for 2022
On March 25, 2022 LEAP
welcomes Karen Murphy
as a new admin
April 10, 2022 LEAP
is notified that a member
has paid for a semi trailer billboard along the QE2 highway, south of Edmonton. 2 admins drive out to grab a photo of it!
On May 6, 2022 LEAP admins and members take our petition to Edmonton City Hall
May, 2022 LEAP finds as many old newspaper articles about the zoo and Lucy
August 21: Lucy video from the Zoo
August 26: Lucy video from the Zoo
October 1, 2022 LEAP holds a daytime Bridge Brigade for Lucy
November 29, 2022 LEAP members speak to City Council about the Zoo Budget
LEAP President Mary-Ann Holm
LEAP Member Yvonne Hooper