Free Billy the Elephant from Lonely Confinement at Zoo

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Target: L.A. Zoo Director John R. Lewis

Goal: Release Billy the Elephant from his undersized habitat to a rescue sanctuary.

Billy the Elephant’s habitat in L.A. is cramped, not very well supported, and has led to development issues with Billy, as he now shows signs of physical and mental stress along with possible depression. He has been a part of the L.A. zoo since 1989, since he was first taken from his home environment in Malaysia as a baby. After being sold to the Los Angeles Zoo, it was documented that he, along with three female elephants, were chained overnight and regularly trained with electric shocks. During this time, two of the female elephants died from neglect, and the third has since been released to a sanctuary.

Billy doesn’t have any companions to play with and his habitat is far too small for an animal of such great magnitude. Elephants are one of the few animals in the world that can die of a broken heart from loneliness, so it’s time that the L.A. Zoo release Billy to a wildlife sanctuary that cares for other elephants so he can be with companions.

Elephants are very social animals and it’s important for them to be around other elephants so they can maintain healthy physical and mental relationships. However, because Billy has been alone for so many years, there’s no doubt he’s withering away in his enclosure, longing for some relief. At this rate, Billy is at risk of winding up with the same fate as the other elephants at the zoo who are believed to have died prematurely from stressful conditions.

The public has already been outraged enough to file a lawsuit that the L.A. Zoo responded to by promising a bigger, better structure for the elephant. However, the new enclosure is still very small and keeps Billy away from the other elephants at the zoo. Demand that Billy be sent to an appropriate wildlife sanctuary before it is too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Lewis,

Billy is one of the most remarkable animals in the entire world, with a certain power and grace that only comes from animals of that stature–so why on Earth is he being confined to a cage and kept away from his fellow elephants? The conditions in which Billy lives are absolutely unacceptable for an animal of his size. Billy has been actively showing signs of stress, such as head bobbing and running into walls on purpose.

Even with his new enclosure, Billy still shows these signs of stress and isolation. Moving him to a slightly bigger box was not successful, so it is time to take the next step. Billy needs to be transferred to a wildlife sanctuary where he can graze the grass, exercise and interact with other elephants. It’s time to release Billy and stop subjecting him to such unfair conditions.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Alex Ristea

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61 Comments

  1. Tennessee has a large elephant sanctuary that is not opened to the public nor do they allow visitors. Just the retirement for BILLY, walk the fields and streams with the other elephants that have been confined and mistreated. L.A. Zoo director if we (meaning the public) can raise the funds to transfer BILLY can you contact the sanctuary in Tennessee and inquire what it would take.

  2. PLEASE SEND BILLY TO A SANCTUARY, WHERE HE CAN LIVE OUT THE REAT OF HIS LIFE IN PEACE. THANK YOU

  3. Cecelia Nelson says:

    WE so called “HUMAN BEINGS” could & SHOULD learn from the animals, NOT, TORTURE, ABUSE & KILL them. They’re a LOT smarter then us. SHAME ON US….

  4. Kathleen Pereira says:

    Elephants kuve as families and to have taken Billy away from his family as a baby was a cruel thing to do. Can you imagine how heartbroken his mother must have been when she lost her baby. How would you feel if a child that you had brought into this world was taken away from you. I personally feel that this zoo should do the right thing and release Billy to a sanctuary where he will be able to interact and liuve out hius days with other Ellie’s. Come on people do the right thing!!!

  5. Andrew Perahia says:

    So many compassionate people. It’s amazing this animal has lived anywhere near this long with such loneliness. aside from physical torture, I don’t know that there’s a worse or more difficult life than one of loneliness.
    I wordered how this director would feel if people showed up at his house, and reminded his neighbors what a cruel sadistic person he is.

    Reminds me of terrorists throughout the world, the only thing they understand is violence.

    And this director is no less a terrorist.

    Maybe he’s worse because he keeps doing it over and over instead of killing himself.

    Let’stand have some compassion!

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

  7. Please free Billy.

  8. Stop & pursue this deformity – instantly!

    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be caged for their whole lives! Or not?

    THE DEVIL SHOULD TAKE ALL RESPONSIBLE PERSONS AWAY – ONCE FOR ALL !

    LAST INFANTILE AND GREED SCUM – NOT DESERVES TO LIVE WITHIN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES IN OUR ALL WORLD – ALL OF THESE CRIMINAL RABBLE IS BETTER DEATH and NOT DISTURB THE REST OF THE WORLD POPULATION AND FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH THEIR USELESS EXISTENCE, BASTARDBIRTH´!

  9. Margaret Grobbelaar says:

    Please send him to a sanctuary free him 🐾

  10. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    John – I have to believe that you care about animals since you are the Director of this LA Zoo. Billy has been languishing for years in a small, cramped cage and no animal can be happy living in those conditions. Please do the right thing here and relocate Billy to a sanctuary where he can have some roaming space and be with other elephants. Please!

  11. The Elephant Sanctuary is the best place for Billy. The “experts” at these zoos KNOW elephants are social creatures. I realize Billy is male, and elephant families are female-dominant, but there has to be a place where Billy can be at peace.

  12. My heart goes out to this poor guy.

  13. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    Land of the free? Home of the brave? I don’t think so. Ignorant morons inflicting such cold cruelty on this poor animal. In this day and age too! Unbelieveable.

  14. Free Billy the elephant!!!

  15. I can’t believe that this is happening in L.A., of all places! Get this poor elephant to a sanctuary, where he can be with his own species and live a more normal life!
    People in L.A., why have you not done this before now! Get this stupid zoo shut down now!!!!
    Disgusting people!!!

  16. Daniela Bress says:

    Human greed is a curse for nature and all the animals, but it will be OUR downfall.

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