City Council: Elephants to stay at Zoo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event The Council voted 13-2 for the exhibit, with Councilmen Dennis Zine and Bill Rosendahl voting against it. “When I look at what we’re doing to them in the zoo, I don’t think …it’s a appropriate,” Zine said. “They belong in natural environment, not an enclosure.” Funding for the project includes $17.7 million in voter-approved park bond money, $4.5 million donated by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and $2.3 million from the sale of private property donated to the zoo association. The city will allocate $14 million borrowed from the city’s Municipal Investment Corp. To repay the loan, the city will pay $1.2 million each year from the General Fund for 20 years, or about $24 million. Animal rights activists yelled “Free the Elephants” as the City Council votes were tallied, and Catherine Doyle with the Los Angeles Alliance for Elephants said the group will continue pushing the city to move the elephants to a sanctuary. “This is a big loss for taxpayers and an even bigger loss for the elephants.”— Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Despite pleas to free the elephants, the City Council voted today to keep pachyderms at the Los Angeles Zoo and spend nearly $40 million on a new exhibit, complete with grasslands and waterfalls. Animal activists have urged the city for the last year to send the zoo’s three elephants — Ruby, Gita and Billy — to a sanctuary where the animals would have more space. But an overwhelming majority of the council was convinced the elephants are crucial to the zoo experience and that they would thrive in the 3.5-acre Elephants of Surin exhibit. “We have three elephants at the zoo… Right now we have to make it better for them, safer for them,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge, who pushed the council to approve the project. “The people of Los Angeles should be very proud of their City Council. They’re going to have a world-class zoo.”last_img read more

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