Zoo Wars -All eyes on Los Angeles-YOUR VOICE can make a difference!!!

Tomorrow the city council in Los Angeles, California will go to vote against allowing certain animals to perform in the city-WHO WILL BE NEXT?!? Below is how you can help and you submit that you are opposed to this as soon as possible-you can make a difference!!! The following insinuates that that Animal Rights is Animal Welfare while it most certainly is NOT (obviously…look at what happened to those elephants transported to CA and WHERE those animals went!!! The $700,000.00 that Barker donated could have easily been donated to the zoo for better conditions and housing then with heated floors and walls…or the elephants could have been sent to FL where the journey would have not taken nearly as many hours and the animals would have been transported properly by professionals…Don’t be fooled…How much will PAWS now receive in donations and pleas for donations for the elephants-it’s all about the money and not the animals. Here is my anti PAWS flyer :) People who entertain with ‘animal partners’ pride themselves with taking proper care of the animals. People who have animals as their partners are interested in the welfare of the animals they work with…no way to show a sick animal or use a sick animal for performance…no way. This council needs to hear your opposition…All eyes on LA, what happens with this vote will spread, maybe your town could be next!!!

“Say a prayer for LA tomorrow. The LA “bullhook” Ban Hearing and vote is tomorrow morning. If any one has time please send an email asking the council persons to oppose this. If this passes what’s next??”
Gilbert Cedillo  councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org  213-473-7001
Paul Krekorian  councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org  213-473-7002
Bob Blumenfield  councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org  213-473-7003
Tom LaBonge  councilmember.Labonge@lacity.org  213-473-7004
Paul Koretz  paul.koretz@lacity.org  213-473-7005
Nury Martinez  councilmember.martinez@lacity.org  (213) 473-7006
Felipe Fuentes  councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org  213-473-7007
Bernard Parks  councilmember.parks@lacity.org  213-473-7008
Curren D. Price, Jr.  councilmember.price@lacity.org  213-473-7009
Herb Wesson, Jr. councilmember.wesson@lacity.org 213-473-7010
Mike Bonin  councilmember.bonin@lacity.org  213-473-7011
Mitchell Englander  councilmember.englander@lacity.org  213-473-7012
Mitch O’Farrell  councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org  213-473-7013
Jose Huizar  councilmember.huizar@lacity.org  (213)-473-7014
Joe Buscaino  councildistrict15@lacity.org  213-473-7015
You can call or email as long as you let them know you are opposed to the ban!!! (Create a group email if you like-just make sure your voice is heard!!!) STOP THE BAN!!!

File No. 12-0186 TO THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES Your PERSONNEL AND ANIMAL WELFARE Committee reports as follows: PERSONNEL AND ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE REPORT relative to the use of exotic and wild animals, and/or elephants, in performances by traveling shows within the City of Los Angeles. Recommendations for Council action, as initiated by Motion (Koretz – LaBonge): 1. REQUEST the City Attorney to prepare and present an Ordinance prohibiting the use of elephants in traveling shows and exhibitions. 2. REQUEST the City Attorney to prepare and present an Ordinance prohibiting in any public performance-related context the use of bullhooks (aka “guides” or ankuses”), baseball bats, axe handles, pitchforks and other implements and tools designed to inflict pain for the purpose of training and controlling the behavior of elephants (per the Board of Animal Services Commissioners’ action of April 24, 2012). 3. REQUEST the City Attorney to prepare and present an Ordinance prohibiting the use of elephants in traveling shows and exhibitions (including circuses) and, in any public performance-related context, the use of bullhooks/guides, baseball bats, axe handles, pitchforks and other implements and tools designed to inflict pain for the purpose of training and controlling the behavior of elephants. Fiscal Impact Statement: The Department of Animal Services (DAS) reports that City tax receipts could be impacted by this proposed regulation to an as-yet undetermined extent depending on choices made by the exhibitors based on the need to comply with any new or existing regulations in order to stage their performances in the City of Los Angeles. Community Impact Statement: None submitted. Summary: The DAS submitted reports dated May 11, 2012 and November 1, 2012 in response to Motion (Koretz – LaBonge) relative to banning the use of bull hooks and other implements in the handling of elephants at traveling circuses or exhibitions held in the City of Los Angeles. These reports are attached to the Council file and provide background information, history, timeline, and issues related to the various recommended options on this topic. The May 11, 2012 report was first considered, and continued, by the Personnel and Animal Welfare (PAW) Committee on June 5, 2012. A subsequent PAW Committee meeting took place on October 2, 2012. At this meeting, numerous representatives of animal welfare organizations spoke in favor of banning the use of bullhooks and other implements in the handling of elephants at traveling circuses or exhibitions held in the City of Los Angeles. Representatives of various groups representing the entertainment industry and veterinary and animal care professionals, as well as a Teamsters Union representative, spoke against the proposed ban. At this meeting, the DAS was directed to conduct further analysis and research regarding the management and presence of elephants (and other wild animals) in traveling exhibitions and to report back to the PAW Committee with appropriate recommendations. As a result of this request, the DAS submitted a report dated October 18, 2012 with the Departments’ findings and recommendations to the Board of Animal Services Commissioners for consideration at its October 23, 2012 meeting. At that meeting, the Board unanimously recommended that the Mayor and City Council consider the various options presented to the Board as outlined in the November 1, 2012 DAS report. During the discussion of this item at the November 20, 2012 PAW Committee meeting, the Committee considered the options contained in the November 1, 2012 DAS report. These options were presented by the DAS General Manager and a Commissioner representing the Board. The Committee then held an extensive public hearing comment period and considered comments made by the public and numerous members representing the animal welfare organizations who spoke, once again, in favor of the proposed ban. The Committee also considered comments by representatives of various groups representing the entertainment industry and veterinary and animal care professionals, as well as a Teamsters Union representative, who again spoke against the proposed ban and the recommendations contained in the November 1, 2012 DAS report. After additional discussion on the pros and cons of the proposed ban and the economic effects of the options contained in the DAS report, the Committee recommended that Council approve options 1, 3 and 4 contained in said report. The Committee also directed the DAS to hold a meeting to try to reach a compromise with members representing the animal welfare community and the entertainment industry prior to scheduling this item for Council consideration. The Committee further requested that the DAS include representatives of Council Districts 3 and 5, as well as representatives of any interested Council District and appropriate City staff, at this meeting. This matter is now submitted to Council for its consideration. Respectfully submitted, PERSONNEL AND ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE MEMBER VOTE KORETZ YES ALARCON ABSENT ZINE YES MLE 12-0186_rpt_paw_11-26-12 – Not Official Until Council Acts – ___________________________________________________

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned  -B
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~ by topcatsroar on October 23, 2013.

One Response to “Zoo Wars -All eyes on Los Angeles-YOUR VOICE can make a difference!!!”

  1. You can simply write that you are opposed to this becoming law or write something short and sweet:
    Dear Mayor and Councilmembers,

    I have read the reasons provided by Animal Rights Extremists for banning the use of bullhooks and find this report to be inaccurate. This report goes so far as to insinuate that people partnered with animals to make a living are less that forthcoming with their treatment of those animals and could not be further from the truth.

    No one would mistreat an animal that earns them a fair wage. Never in all my years working in the animal industry have I witnessed the misuse of tools used for cuing the animals.

    The people working the animals are concerned about animal welfare and often up before you’ve even had your first cup of coffee caring for the animals they are partnered with. There’s certainly more to working with an animal, any animal, than cuing tools.

    Where this report further falls short is that it seems to believe that other things are used on these animals; once again, couldn’t be further from the truth…I have never seen any of this -mentioned in the report: “baseball bats, axe handles, pitchforks and other implements and tools designed to inflict pain for the purpose of training and controlling the behavior of elephants”

    When I performed in Los Angeles, animal Control was present and watching the care provided and handling of the animals -morning-noon and night…Have there been any citations for the use or misuse of any of the items mentioned in the last 10 years?!? I bet not!!!

    I oppose this becoming law.

    Thank you so much for your consideration in a matter that is extremely important to me!!!

    Sincerely,

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