Update: 2/14/23 A new motion to have Billy sent to Sanctuary has been presented by David Koretz and seconded by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield. Council File: 22-1113 It is very important that we respectfully pressure the Los Angeles City Council by contacting Nithya Raman who is the new councilmember of district 4 in place of David Ryu. Her contact information is 213-473-7004. Email: contactCD4@lacity.org
Billy the elephant has lived at the Los Angeles Zoo for over 30 years, since he was taken as a youngster from his natural environment in Malaysia. For most of this time, he has endured living all by himself in an extremely tiny enclosure. As a result, he has displayed significant signs of stress, such as swaying and rocking side to side and head-bobbing due to frustration, boredom and possibly depression.
Elephants naturally need to roam several miles a day to maintain healthy joints and feet. They are also highly intelligent, sensitive, and social animals who need to be engaged by their surroundings in order to be happy. Billy has none of this.
The last time I saw Billy at the L.A. Zoo I was horrified to see how miserable he looks in his cramped enclosure. I am not alone in being worried that Billy will face the same fate as his predecessors at the Los Angeles Zoo, who died prematurely due to conditions elephants often acquire while living in enclosed and cramped quarters.
After public protests and a lawsuit filed on Billy's behalf a few years ago, the Los Angeles Zoo promised to close down the old elephant exhibit and build a bigger, better enclosure for Billy that would be more like his natural environment.
Upon visiting the new exhibit, however, I was shocked to find that poor Billy is still being kept in a tiny area separate from the other elephants. He was still displaying the same repetitive swaying and head-bobbing behavior that demonstrates his stress, boredom, and depression. When I spoke to the attendant on duty, he had no awareness of the basic needs of elephants, such as their need for daily exercise. He told me that the elephants were rotated from one small area to another.
This new "state-of-the-art" elephant exhibit is not at all what the L.A. Zoo promised it would be. It seems to me that the new exhibit was built more to impress paying visitors than to meet Billy's needs. Not to mention that it cost taxpayers 42 million dollars. I feel betrayed and lied to by the Los Angeles Zoo, and I'm still very much concerned about the fate of Billy.
Please sign and share this petition to demand that the L.A. Zoo free Billy to an elephant sanctuary because he is displaying severe signs of stress in his present environment.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO WRITE TO THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL TO FREE BILLY THE ELEPHANT TO A SANCTUARY HERE --
We are asking that signers of this petition please inundate Los Angeles City Council and the Mayor with calls and letters/emails that politely express that they do not agree with elephants being kept in zoos and why, and that they should be released to elephant sanctuaries.
There are two amazing accredited sanctuaries who are ready and most willing to take Billy. They are the Performing Animal Welfare Society, and the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary. God bless them!
Below are articles and a recent video that shows poor Billy displaying his stress-related behavior of head-bobbing. You need to scroll down on the 'L.A. Progressive' news article by Marcy Winograd.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO WRITE AND/OR CALL THE LOS ANGELES COUNCIL MEMBERS REGARDING YOUR SUPPORT TO FREE BILLY THE ELEPHANT TO A SANCTUARY. A LIST OF EMAILS AND PHONE NUMBERS FOR THEM IS POSTED ABOVE IN THE UPDATE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS PETITION.
For more information, please contact; Karen at email@example.com
Thank you for your continued support for Billy and to free all captive animals from exploitation in zoos.
On behalf of Billy the Elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo, we the signers of this petition request that he be retired to an elephant sanctuary immediately. He has suffered enough as evidenced by his display of stress-related behavior. The new elephant exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo does not meet Billy's needs as he is still being kept in small enclosures away from the other elephants. This has been witnessed by many who have visited the zoo within the past few years. Anyone that observes Billy in this new exhibit can attest to this. It is also brings to question if Billy is receiving the daily exercise that a judge ordered for him to get, as caretakers who are questioned apparently do not have answers nor understand the needs of elephants. In fact, the other two elephants, Tina and Jewel who are elderly and we have since learned were victims of the circus in their youth, should be released to sanctuaries also. It is clear that the Los Angeles Zoo's elephant exhibit should be shut down as it is not meeting the needs of the elephants. For those who visit the new exhibit first-hand they soon learn that the new exhibit is not what the zoo had claimed it would be, as the elephants are rotated from one small enclosure to another and poor Billy is exhibiting stress-related behavior -- swaying, rocking and head-bobbing. He is miserable, bored, frustrated and depressed. Please release these animals to a sanctuary. The elephant exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo needs to be shut down and the elephants retired to a sanctuary where they can live out the remainder of their lives where their needs will be met more appropriately. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Update #163 years ago
A 3-member veterinarian panel to evaluate Billy's health has not been assigned yet by the L.A. City. PAWS Sanctuary is ready to receive Billy. Please continue to contact members of the Council and politely ask them to set up the panel and that you support Motion #17-0453 for Billy the elephant to go to sanctuary. Here their contact information -- https://www.lacity.org/your-government/elected-officials/city-council/council-directory
Billy's page- https://www.facebook.com/groups/183358695586230/
Update #154 years ago
Please continue to contact your Los Angeles City Council representative by email and phone and ask him or her to support Motion #17-0453 directing the Los Angeles Zoo to release Billy the elephant to sanctuary.
Make sure that you make it clear that you support MOTION #17-0453 for Billy the elephant to be released to a sanctuary.
Here is the website for contacting city councilmembers. Thank you!
Update #143 years ago
Freedom Matters/Free Billy Rally
November 9, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
In front of the LA Zoo
Join us as we call upon the Los Angeles Zoo to release Billy to sanctuary and as we stand together for all wild animals held in captivity
Co-hosted by: Los Angeles For Animals, Nonhuman Rights Project, and Compassion Works International
Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2443286162594861/
Update #136 days ago
Please write a polite message and/or call, Bob Blumenfield and Nithya Raman of the L.A. City Council, Mayor Karen Bass and other members of council to continue supporting Billy being sent to sanctuary. Mr. Blumenfield co-signed the motion 22-1113 to send Billy to Sanctuary. https://lacity.gov/directory#elected-officials
Post public comments here:
https://cityclerk.lacity.org/publiccomment/ Reference file# 22-1113
Protests have started again at the L.A. Zoo. See 'Free Billy the Elephant' on FB.
Update #103 months ago
A new motion to have Billy sent to sanctuary has been presented by David Koretz and seconded by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield. It is very important that we pressure the Los Angeles City Council regarding this by contacting Nithya Raman who is the new councilmember of district 4 in place of David Ryu. Her contact information is: 213-473-7004
DIrectory for all councilmembers to show our support and give reasons why we do: https://lacity.gov/directory#elected-officials