The City of Edmonton, represented by lawyer Stephen Phipps, argued in court that the lawsuit initiated by Zoocheck Canada and PETA on behalf of Lucy the elephant should be struck down. Claiming the groups have no authority to launch the lawsuit, Phipps also argued that the suit was an abuse of process because other avenues for dealing with the Lucy situation are available.
Clayton Ruby, attorney for Zoocheck and PETA, argued that Phipps was wrong and that the City of Edmonton must act to bring itself into compliance with provincial laws regarding wild animals in captivity. He said it was noteworthy that the judge indicated there was nothing stopping the Edmonton Humane Society and the province of Alberta from taking action if laws are being broken while the court proceedings progress.
The judge reserved his decision, which is expected in a few weeks time.
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