Elephants have a natural lifespan of 60-70 years, but evidence indicates that at least fourteen elephants have died at the L.A. Zoo with more than half never living to age of 20. The overriding problem and the leading cause of death to these 14 elephants has been due to chronic foot sores, abscesses, arthritis, and joint disease from being confined in an enclosure that is too small for these massive land mammals.
Billy came to the LA zoo from Asia at age 4 and at age 24, Billy is already showing symptoms of mental and physical injury from his confinement in his small enclosure.
L.A. City Council member Tony Cardenas has presented a motion to stop the L.A. Zoo's $42 million elephant exhibit renovation. Despite its mammoth price tag and expense to taxpayers, experts state that it still will not provide the space elephants need. If the council votes to close the elephant exhibit, Billy will be able to start a new life in a natural-habitat sanctuary where he'll have the space and natural conditions that all elephants so desperately need.
WHEN: Saturday, January 24th, 11am
WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A. (in Griffith Park)
MEET: In front of main entrance; parking is free
Signs and flyers will be provided.
For more information, contact: Zoos or 323-301-5730.
Scheduled City Council Meetings on this Matter
Tuesday, January 27th, 3pm and
Wednesday, January 28th, 10am
L.A. City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, L.A., 90012
John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340
"When Elephants Cry"
This video by Mayuka is for Billy at the zoo and the rest of the elephants held captive in Zoo's, circuses and for those who are hunted and killed in nature.
“We need to co-exist”, says Mayuka.
"When Elephants Cry"
Copyright, Mayuka Thais
All Rights Reserved
(Music published with expressed permission of Mayuka Thais)
By Georja Umano
'Councilman Cardenas explained that in 2006 when the L.A. City Council members voted to spend $40 million on a new but still relatively very small elephant exhibit at the zoo, they were not given accurate information on the fate of elephants in zoos and in particular of elephants at the LA Zoo. This information has come out later through a lawsuit, Culp v. LA Zoo, with lawyer David Casselman for plaintiff. According to reports, 15 of the 27 elephants accounted for at the zoo were killed or died prematurely as a result of their treatment. Six more were "unaccounted for." ' (Read More)
Host, Katia Louise takes an inspirational and enlightening look at Billy the elephant and his need to go to sanctuary. Learn from activist/ advocate Marci Morgan and activist/ journalist Georja Umano about quick and easy ways to help. Featuring song "When Elephants Cry" by singer/ song writer, Mayuka Thais.
Original Air Date: 1/23/09
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WRITE/CALL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS!
Please send emails and make phone calls to express your support for closing the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit.
If you don't live in the City of L.A., please contact the mayor and L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti (contact info provided below) and express your support for closing the elephant exhibit and sending Billy to a sanctuary.
Direct Emails & Phone Calls to:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-978-0600 Fax: 213-978-0750