Billy's petition was submitted to the target as well as L.A City Councilmembers.
Sadly, the final decision came today, January 28, 2009, from the L.A. City Council to keep Billy and continue construction on the Pachyderm Forest.
"Cheers and applause erupted at City Hall on Wednesday as the Los Angeles City Council voted to continue construction of the Pachyderm Forest at the zoo, despite calls from opponents to abandon the project and move the zoo's lone elephant to a sanctuary."
Please click on the news link below for further details.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING BILLY.*****************************************************
Last Rally to Save Billy
What: Demo At the Los Angeles Zoo for Billy
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.
WHAT: Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, January 27th, 2:00pm
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. We'll send another email to confirm, but you can also 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: Wednesday, January 28th, 10:00am
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.
May 13, 2008
Judge Throws Out Actor's Suit Over LA Zoo Elephant Exhibit
February 15, 2008
Judge rejects actor's bid to stop LA zoo elephant exhibit
February 6, 2008
Hearing was held and judge is currently reviewing documents to make decision on the preliminary injunction. I will post any updates soon!
800 City Hall East
200 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
January 8, 2007
Los Angeles Zoo is once again listed in the top ten of IDA's list of Worst Zoos for Elephants.
Visitors at Los Angeles Zoo, adults and children alike, comment on the sad, repetitive behavior of the Zoo's lone elephant, Billy, as he incessantly bobs his head up and down, day in and day out, a pitiable display in response to his lonely and unnatural existence. Elephants do not naturally live in isolation and require social interaction with other elephants, yet Billy has been alone for more than three years. Turning a blind eye to his suffering, the L.A. Zoo is instead focused on an outrageously expensive %u2013 and taxpayer-funded %u2013 $40 million elephant exhibit renovation that will take almost two years to complete, and will only provide 3.5 acres, subdivided into four yards, for the earth's largest land mammals. Billy provides a clear example of how zoos put business interests far above the welfare of elephants. This is the L.A. Zoo's fourth appearance on the list.
See IDA's complete list of Worst Zoos for Elephants:
October 29, 2007
Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit against L.A. City. Billy has hope! Keep the signatures coming!
Los Angeles City Councilmembers