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Originally Posted: 29 November 2008
Billy’s Fate - Close L.A. Zoo Elephant Exhibit For Good
From Kinship Circle
UPDATE ON MOTION TO CLOSE L.A. ZOO ELEPHANT EXHIBIT AND SEND BILLY TO A SANCTUARY
The City Council heard Councilmember Cardenas' motions on November 19, 2008 at 10am. After 4 hours of deliberation, the council voted to send both issues -- stopping construction of the elephant exhibit and sending Billy to a sanctuary -- to the Finance Committee.
This is Billy's last chance at a taste of freedom! The Cardenas motion
represents Billy's only chance to get out of his miserable, barren pen at
the L.A. Zoo. And it's a chance to save future elephants from suffering and
dying prematurely in a $42 million exhibit that still doesn't provide the
space elephants need. This $42 million is being spent at a time when the
city is looking at a budget overage of $10 million. Encourage the members to
spend the city's money in a more responsible way. Send Billy to a sanctuary
and halt construction of an elephant exhibit.
TALKING POINTS. Write a personal note using these talking points:
-- The $42 million L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit is a waste of taxpayer money
and won¹t provide the space the elephants need.
-- Too many elephants have suffered and died prematurely at L.A. Zoo, many
due to painful health problems caused by inadequate conditions including
pens that are far too small.
-- Billy has spent years in solitary confinement in a tiny zoo pen, where he
constantly bobs his head up and down, an abnormal behavior not seen in the
-- The City of Los Angeles has made great strides toward becoming more
humane. Now it's time to include elephants by closing the elephant exhibit
and sending Billy to a sanctuary as soon as possible.
A second hearing will take place once the finance committee has reviewed the
cost to halt construction compared to the cost of finishing construction.
Please attend in two weeks. Contact people below:
WHAT: L.A. City Council meeting
WHERE: L.A. City Hall / 200 N. Spring Street / Los Angeles, CA 90012
John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340
2.) CONTACT INFORMATION / TAKE ACTION: WRITE/CALL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCILMEMBERS!
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St. / Los Angeles , CA 90012
ph: 213-978-0600; fax: 213-978-0750
email: mayor@lacity. org
EMAIL BLOCK -- doesn’t show Councilmember Alarcon; use contact form below:
District 1, Ed Reyes: firstname.lastname@example.org
ph: 213-473-7001 / fax: 213-485-8907
District 2, Wendy Greuel: email@example.com
ph: 213-473-7002 / fax: 213-680-7895
District 3, Dennis P. Zine: firstname.lastname@example.org
District 4, Tom LaBonge: email@example.com
ph: 213-473-7004 / fax: 213-624-7810
District 5, Jack Weiss: firstname.lastname@example.org
ph: 213-473-7005 / fax: 213-978-2250
District 6, Tony Cardenas: email@example.com
ph: 213-473-7006 / fax: 213-847-0549
District 7, Richard Alarcon:
web mail: http://www.lacity.org/council/cd7/contact.htm
ph: 213-473-7007 / fax: 213-847-0707
District 8, Bernard Parks: firstname.lastname@example.org
ph: 213-473-7008 / fax: 213-458-7683
District 9, Jan Perry: email@example.com
ph: 213-473-7009 / fax: 213-473-5946
District 10, Herb J. Wesson, Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org
ph: 213-473-7010 / fax: 213-485-9829
District 11, Bill Rosendahl: email@example.com
ph: 213-473-7011 / fax: 213-473-6926
District 12, Greig Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
ph: 213-473-7012 / fax: 213-473-6925
District 13, Eric Garcetti: email@example.com
ph: 213-473-7013 / fax: 213-613-0819
District 14, Jose Huizar: firstname.lastname@example.org
ph: 213-473-7014 / fax: 213-847-0680
District 15, Janice Hahn: email@example.com
ph: 213-473-7015 / fax: 213-626-5431
LOS ANGELES RESIDENTS:
To locate your councilmember online: http://www.lacity.org and scroll to "My Neighborhood" and enter your address. You can also dial 311 within the City of Los Angeles, or call 213-473-3231 from the Greater Los Angeles area.
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