Kinship Circle: Billy’s Last Chance [FRIENDS OF KC ALERT]

January 12th, 2009 6:52 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Jan 9, 2009 10:27 PM
Subject: Billy’s Last Chance [FRIENDS OF KC ALERT]

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FRIENDS OF KINSHIP CIRCLE ALERT
1/9/09: Last Chance To Close L.A. Elephant Display & Free Billy

SOURCES / REPLY TO:

FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: zoos [at] idausa.org or 323-301-5730
Bettina, brosie96 [at] yahoo.com
Los Angeles Alliance for Elephants, davidkca [at] earthlink.net

BILLY’S LAST CHANCE

City Council member Tony Cardenas has presented a motion to stop the L.A. Zoo’s $42 million elephant exhibit renovation. Despite its mammoth expense to taxpayers, it still will not provide the space elephants need, and elephants will continue to suffer and die painfully and prematurely at the Zoo. Fifteen elephants have died at L.A. Zoo. More than half never lived to age 20. Elephants have a natural lifespan of 60-70 years.

We urgently need your help to close the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit and send its lone elephant, Billy, to a sanctuary. We are so close to freeing him from his lonely existence in a miserable, barren zoo pen — please don’t let him down! This is our last chance to make a difference. There are two very important meetings next week + other actions to take:

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1. ARTS, PARKS, HEALTH AND AGING COMMITTEE MEETING

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WHEN: Wednesday, 1/14/09, 2:00pm (PST)
WHERE: L.A. City Hall / 200 N. Spring Street / Los Angeles, CA 90012
John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340

**THE TIME AND ROOM COULD CHANGE.
FOR UPDATES: http:/www.lacity.org
Council Calendar, right side page, under L.A. City Council

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2. FINAL L.A. CITY COUNCIL MEETING + VOTE ON ELEPHANT EXHIBIT

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WHEN: Friday, 1/16/09, 10:00am (PST)
WHERE: L.A. City Hall / 200 N. Spring Street / Los Angeles, CA 90012
John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340

SPEAK OUT: The public should be able to speak during public comment at the (1) Arts, Parks, Health & Aging Committee meeting. However, we are not sure if people will be allowed to present public comment at the final (2) City Council meeting. Please be prepared to speak for 1 minute during public
comment on the motion. Keep your comments concise, positive, and focused on your support for closing down the elephant exhibit and sending Billy to a sanctuary. Arrive early enough to complete a public comment card.

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3. ATTEND DEMO AND OUTREACH AT L.A. ZOO THIS WEEKEND

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Help educate the public about why the elephant exhibit must be shut down.

WHEN: Saturday, 1/10/09, 11:00am (PST)
WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo / 5333 Zoo Drive / L.A. (in Griffith Park)
MEET: In front of main entrance; parking is free
WHAT: Signs and flyers will be provided

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4. WRITE/CALL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS NOW!

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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, mayor [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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