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Help Shut Down L.A. Zoo Elephant Exhibit And Send Solitary Elephant Billy To A Sanctuary

Please attend FINAL L.A. City Council meetings next week


Billy the Elephant in LA ZooWe urgently need your help to close down the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit and send its lone elephant, Billy, to a sanctuary. We are so very close to freeing him from his lonely existence in a miserable, barren zoo pen -- please don't let him down! This is our very last chance to make a difference.

There are two very important meetings next week:

WHAT: Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, January 14th, 2pm

WHERE: L.A. City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, L.A. 90012, John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340

*Please note that the time and room could change for this meeting. To confirm, please visit http://www.lacity.org/ and check the "Council Calendar" which can be found on the right side of the web page under "L.A. City Council."

WHAT: FINAL L.A. City Council meeting and vote on shutting down the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit

WHEN:  Friday, January 16th, 10am

WHERE:  L.A. City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, L.A., 90012, John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340

SPEAK OUT:
 The public should be able to speak during public comment at the Arts, Parks, Health & Aging Committee meeting. However, we are not sure if people will be allowed to present public comment at the final 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.

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, it still will not provide the space elephants need, and elephants will continue to suffer and die painfully and prematurely at the zoo.
It is critical that as many advocates as possible attend these meetings to show clear and strong support for closing the exhibit and ending Billy's years of isolation and deprivation.

Zoo supporters will be out in large numbers. Let's be sure that our voices outnumber theirs!

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

Billy is held in solitary confinement, where he spends his days repetitively bobbing his head up and down in a tiny zoo pen. A win next week means he 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.

This is our only chance to stop the suffering once and for all! Help free Billy!

OTHER ACTIONS:

1. ATTEND DEMO AND OUTREACH AT L.A. ZOO THIS WEEKEND
Please come out and help educate the public about why the elephant exhibit must be shut down.

WHEN: Saturday, January 10th at 11am
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

2. WRITE/CALL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS!
We need to tell City Council that taxpayers don't want their money wasted on an elephant exhibit that still doesn't give elephants the space they need. Please send emails and make phone calls to express your support for shutting down 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.

To locate your councilmember on-line, visit http://www.lacity.org/ and scroll down 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.

You can use the following message points:
The $42 million L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit is a waste of taxpayer money and won't provide the space elephants need.
Too many elephants have suffered and died prematurely at the L.A. Zoo. A recent study in the journal Science has proven that life in zoos is cutting short elephants' lives.
Billy has spent years in solitary confinement in a tiny zoo pen, where he constantly bobs his head up and down, a sign of psychological distress.
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.

CONTACTS:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA  90012
Phone: 213-978-0600   Fax: 213-978-0750
Email: mayor@lacity.org

EMAIL BLOCK (does not include Councilmember Alarcon; use contact form for him as indicated 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; mayor@lacity.org

District 1 - Ed Reyes
Phone: 213-473-7001  Fax: 213-485-8907
Email: councilmember.reyes@lacity.org

District 2 - Wendy Greuel
Phone: 213-473-7002  Fax: 213-680-7895
Email: councilmember.greuel@lacity.org

District 3 - Dennis P. Zine
Phone: 213-473-7003  Fax: 213-
Email: councilmember.zine@lacity.org

District 4 - Tom LaBonge
Phone: 213-473-7004  Fax: 213-624-7810
Email: councilmember.labonge@lacity.org

District 5 - Jack Weiss
Phone: 213-473-7005  Fax: 213-978-2250
Email: councilmember.weiss@lacity.org

District 6 - Tony Cardenas - ORIGINATOR OF THE MOTION
Phone: 213-473-7006  Fax: 213-847-0549
Email: councilmember.cardenas@lacity.org

District 7 - Richard Alarcon
Phone: 213-473-7007   Fax: 213-847-0707
Email: (use contact form at www.lacity.org/council/cd7/contact.htm 

District 8 - Bernard Parks
Phone: 213-473-7008  Fax: 213-485-7683
Email: councilmember.parks@lacity.org

District 9 - Jan Perry
Phone: 213-473-7009  Fax: 213-473-5946
Email: jan.perry@lacity.org

District 10 - Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Phone: 213-473-7010   Fax: 213-485-9829
Email: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org

District 11 - Bill Rosendahl
Phone: 213-473-7011 Fax: 213-473-6926
Email: councilmember.rosendahl@lacity.org

District 12 - Greig Smith
Phone: 213-473-7012  Fax: 213-473-6925
Email: councilmember.smith@lacity.org

District 13 - Eric Garcetti
Phone: 213-473-7013  Fax: 213-613-0819
Email: councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org

District 14 - Jose Huizar
Phone: 213-473-7014  Fax: 213-847-0680
Email: councilmember.huizar@lacity.org

District 15 - Janice Hahn
Phone: 213-473-7015  Fax: 213-626-5431
Email: councilmember.hahn@lacity.org

Thank you for taking action to help rescue Billy and shut down the L.A. Zoo elephant exhibit! Please email zoos@idausa.org with any questions or call 323-301-5730.



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