Open Letter to Tom LaBonge
How many more elephants must die at the LA City Zoo before we realize that keeping elephants at the zoo is not right?
Elephants need more room than we can possibly give them at the Zoo. Its as simple as that. Its time to send the remaining elephants to preserves where they will have room to walk around, the proper care and other elephants to socialize with.
People are saying you are the main reason our City is going forward with an unnecessary and unworkable $40 million elephant pen. The Mayor opposes it as probably many of your colleagues do, but, they won't cross you.
Zoos are fast becoming a thing of the past. With technology, children and others can learn about animals without putting them in cages and artificial environments. There are plans for this right now.
Indeed, for about 1/4th the cost of your animal pen, Walt Disney Imagineering - just across the LA River from the Zoo - could build a virtual exhibit with realistic animatronic elephants and virtual reality webcam views from elephants in preserves and in the wild. We'd save millions of dollars and the elephants would be in a happier environment.
Will you think about it? The elephants are waiting.