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Elephant Watch: LA Zoo Can Keep Elephant Exhibit, Has To Treat Billy Better

Elephant Watch: LA Zoo Can Keep Elephant Exhibit, Has To Treat Billy Better

It’s a sad life for the elephants of the LA Zoo , according to a ruling by Superior Court Judge John L. Segal, but one, it seems, that will continue. According to the Daily News , Segal yesterday released a ruling on a 2007 lawsuit brought by real estate agent Aaron Leider and late actor Robert Culp that alleged animal abuse. However, the judge stopped short of closing down the controversial Elephants of Asia exhibit, even while describing a “particularly poor” standard of living for the zoo’s three elephant inhabitants: Billy , Tina , and Jewel . The elephants live in a recently completed 3.8-acre, $42 million exhibit that finished construction despite the lawsuit . The lawsuit could have led to a shutdown, but Monday’s ruling instead forces the zoo to exercise the animals more, till their soil, and not use bullhooks or electric prods. The judge’s ruling also describes the case for the funding and construction of the exhibit as dishonest at best: “Contrary to what the zoo’s representatives may have told the Los Angeles City Council in order to get construction of the $42 million exhibit approved and funded, the elephants are not healthy, happy, and thriving ,” writes Segal

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Elephant Watch: LA Zoo Can Keep Elephant Exhibit, Has To Treat Billy Better

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