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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 constr

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Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday November 22, 2008, 2:04 am
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.


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.

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



Talking points follow contact information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

District 6, Tony Cardenas: councilmember.cardenas [at]
ph: 213-473-7006 / fax: 213-847-0549

District 7, Richard Alarcon:
web mail:
ph: 213-473-7007 / fax: 213-847-0707

District 8, Bernard Parks: councilmember.parks [at]
ph: 213-473-7008 / fax: 213-458-7683

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


To locate your councilmember online:

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.


– 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 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.

—— End of Forwarded Message

Saturday November 22, 2008, 2:09 am
Noted & Comments sent.

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday November 22, 2008, 3:24 pm
Let's notify Gov. Arnold Schwarz (website: and notify Congressman Dennis Kucinich, too, please ... he's very conccerned. I think we should notify all our representatives and senators in Congress; why should Los Angeles get any government money at all as long as they continue to torture and exploit this elephant?

Congressman Tries to Save Languishing Elephant

Who says donkeys and elephants don't mix? Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is urging the L.A. City Council to free a captive elephant languishing in a county zoo. The former Democratic presidential candidate asked the city to...

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday November 22, 2008, 3:25 pm
type Schwar = Schwarenegger, Governor of California

Marcy M (97)
Saturday November 22, 2008, 9:07 pm
THANK YOU Simone for posting this!

Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday November 22, 2008, 9:50 pm
You are so welcome Marcy, I know how hard you have fought for Billy, let's hope this is his freedom at last.

Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday November 22, 2008, 9:52 pm
Thank you Lyn and Blue, yes, let's please thank Dennis Kucinich, he is trying to get Billy out too.

Judith Jaehn (199)
Saturday November 22, 2008, 9:57 pm
Thank you Simone! We won't stop fighting for Billy!

Joy r (0)
Sunday November 23, 2008, 10:33 am
Thank you Simone for bringing this to our attention. Elephants should not be kept in that kind of captive situation. They are social animals living in large family groups and need to be with other elephants to be happy. They need a large territory to roam, and will not thrive in a small pen. They will begin to do things such as head bobbing, swaying back and forth, etc. to relieve their stress, and these will become habit. If their stress isn't relieved, the next thing you know they go crazy and attack someone, and then senselessly get put down. Poor Billy should go to a sanctuary where he can live a more normal life. I will write to the mayor and council members, and hope others will do the same.

Marisa Sebastian (130)
Sunday November 23, 2008, 12:12 pm
Thank you very much for this urgent post Simone. Noted, action taken, emails sent. I really hope with all my heart that they take poor Billy to a sanctuary and that no other elephants are ever taken to that God-forsaken zoo or any other zoo for that matter!

Valerie H (133)
Sunday November 23, 2008, 6:40 pm
Emails sent....I hope with our help...dear Billy will get out of there and go to a proper home!

Thank you Simone
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