Billy’s Fate - Close L.A. Zoo Elephant Exhibit For Good

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Originally Posted: 29 November 2008

Billy’s Fate - Close L.A. Zoo Elephant Exhibit For Good

From Kinship Circle

SOURCES / REPLY TO:
Bettina
LA Animal Rights

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BACKGROUND
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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.

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TALKING POINTS. Write a personal note using these talking points:
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-- 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
wild.

-- 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.

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CONTACT INFORMATION
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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
WHEN: TBD
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:
councilmember.reyes@lacity.org, councilmember.greuel@lacity.org,
councilmember.zine@lacity.org, councilmember.labonge@lacity.org,
councilmember.weiss@lacity.org, councilmember.parks@lacity.org,
councilmember.cardenas@lacity.org, jan.perry@lacity.org,
councilmember.wesson@lacity.org, councilmember.rosendahl@lacity.org,
councilmember.smith@lacity.org, councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org,
councilmember.huizar@lacity.org, councilmember.hahn@lacity.org

District 1, Ed Reyes: councilmember.reyes@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7001 / fax: 213-485-8907

District 2, Wendy Greuel: councilmember.greuel@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7002 / fax: 213-680-7895

District 3, Dennis P. Zine: councilmember.zine@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7003

District 4, Tom LaBonge: councilmember.labonge@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7004 / fax: 213-624-7810

District 5, Jack Weiss: councilmember.weiss@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7005 / fax: 213-978-2250

District 6, Tony Cardenas: councilmember.cardenas@lacity.org
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: councilmember.parks@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7008 / fax: 213-458-7683

District 9, Jan Perry: jan.perry@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7009 / fax: 213-473-5946

District 10, Herb J. Wesson, Jr.: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7010 / fax: 213-485-9829

District 11, Bill Rosendahl: councilmember.rosendahl@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7011 / fax: 213-473-6926

District 12, Greig Smith: councilmember.smith@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7012 / fax: 213-473-6925

District 13, Eric Garcetti: councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7013 / fax: 213-613-0819

District 14, Jose Huizar: councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7014 / fax: 213-847-0680

District 15, Janice Hahn: councilmember.hahn@lacity.org
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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