Kinship Circle: Free Billy: 12/3 Council Meeting + Comments Needed

December 4th, 2008 3:41 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Dec 3, 2008 11:34 AM
Subject: Free Billy: 12/3 Council Meeting + Comments Needed

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ORIGINAL KC ALERT, 11/20/08: Billy’s Fate – Close L.A. Zoo Elephant Exhibit

Kinship Circle is forwarding the announcement below about a demo TODAY for Billy, the elephant confined in a desolate L.A. Zoo pen.

If you live in this California area, or know others who do, please cross-post the message below (quickly).

DO NOT RESPOND TO KINSHIP CIRCLE. CONTACT:
Bettina, brosie96 [at] yahoo.com
Email zoos [at] idausa.org with any questions or call 323-301-5730

ACT NOW: Free Billy and End Suffering for Elephants at L.A. Zoo

++++++++++BREAKING NEWS++++++++++++++

12/1/08: The Budget & Finance Committee voted in favor of halting the renovation of the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit. This is an important step toward our goal of shutting down the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit and freeing Billy from his miserable, barren pen.

We’re so very close to success, but we need you to show public support for ending Billy’s decades of intense and unnatural confinement at the zoo. We need to encourage city officials to do the right thing!

PLEASE ATTEND THIS FINAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
WHEN: Wednesday, 12/3/08, 10am (PST)
WHERE: L.A. City Hall / 200 N. Spring Street / Los Angeles, CA 90012
John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340

Council members heard from esteemed elephant experts such as Dr. Joyce Poole, one of the world’s foremost authorities who has studied elephants for more than 30 years in Africa and Asia; Carol Buckley, co-founder of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee; and Jen Conrad, a wildlife veterinarian who formerly worked at the L.A. Zoo. Other experts were Catherine Doyle, an elephant welfare specialist with In Defense of Animals, and Sheryl Greene, research analyst with the law firm Wasserman, Comden & Casselman (which brought a lawsuit to stop the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit, now on appeal).

Many council members spoke strongly in favor of protecting elephants from the physical and psychological ravages brought on by exhibits that are simply too small for them, including council members Alarcon, Reyes, Zine and Cardenas (maker of the motion). Council members strongly in favor of retaining elephants at the zoo: LaBonge, Greuel and Hahn.

Remember:

13 elephants have died at the L.A. Zoo since 1975. More than half never lived to age 20. Elephants have a natural lifespan of 60-70 years.

Billy is in solitary confinement, where he spends his days repetitively bobbing his head up and down in a tiny zoo pen. A win next month means he will start a new life in a natural-habitat sanctuary where he’ll have the space and natural conditions that all elephants so desperately need.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO DO:

1. ATTEND CITY COUNCIL MEETING:

WHEN: Wednesday, 12/3/08, 10am (PST)
WHERE: L.A. City Hall / 200 N. Spring Street / Los Angeles, CA 90012
John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340

2. SPEAK OUT AT MEETING, DURING PUBLIC COMMENT:

It’s very important that everyone completes a public comment card and is prepared to speak for one minute. Not everyone may get the opportunity to speak, but you can indicate your position on the card for the Cardenas motion and this will go into the city record. If you do speak, please keep your comments concise, polite and focused on your support for freeing Billy and against wasting taxpayer money on an elephant exhibit that’s just too small. Arrive early enough to complete a public comment card.

3. CALL/WRITE BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

TALKING POINTS

— The Budget & Finance committee has the unique opportunity to take positive action on this important fiscal and humane issue.

— Do the right thing for taxpayers and for the elephants by voting to stop construction of the elephant exhibit at the L.A. Zoo.

— It’s wrong to waste $42 million in taxpayer money on an elephant exhibit that still won’t provide the space elephants need to thrive.

— Taxpayers and the City of L.A. just cannot afford the increased cost of care for a large number of elephants. Elephants are the most costly animals to keep in a zoo.

— Too many elephants have suffered and died prematurely at the L.A. Zoo from painful health problems caused by inadequate zoo conditions. Treating these problems has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years – and the health problems won’t stop in a renovated exhibit that is still too small for elephants.

BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

District 2 – Wendy Greuel
ph: 213-473-7002; fax: 213-680-7895; email: councilmember.greuel [at] lacity.org
District 8 – Bernard Parks
ph: 213-473-7008; fax: 213-458-7683; email: councilmember.parks [at] lacity.org
District 11 – Bill Rosendahl
ph: 213-473-7011; fax: 213-473-6926; email: councilmember.rosendahl [at] lacity.org
District 12 – Greig Smith
ph: 213-473-7012; fax: 213-473-6925; email: councilmember.smith [at] lacity.org
District 14 – Jose Huizar
ph: 213-473-7014; fax: 213-847-0680; email: councilmember.huizar [at] lacity.org

4. CALL AND WRITE THE MAY AND CITY COUNCIL:

TALKING POINTS

— The $42 million L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit is a waste of taxpayer money and won’t 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 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.

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 [at] lacity. org

EMAIL BLOCK — doesn’t show Councilmember Alarcon; use contact form below:

councilmember.reyes [at] lacity.org, councilmember.greuel [at] lacity.org, councilmember.zine [at] lacity.org, councilmember.labonge [at] lacity.org, councilmember.weiss [at] lacity.org, councilmember.parks [at] lacity.org, councilmember.cardenas [at] lacity.org, jan.perry [at] lacity.org, councilmember.wesson [at] lacity.org, councilmember.rosendahl [at] lacity.org, councilmember.smith [at] lacity.org, councilmember.garcetti [at] lacity.org, councilmember.huizar [at] lacity.org, councilmember.hahn [at] lacity.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

District 15, Janice Hahn: councilmember.hahn [at] lacity.org
ph: 213-473-7015 / fax: 213-626-5431

LOS ANGELES RESIDENTS:

To locate your councilmember online: http://www.lacity.org
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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