The L.A. Zoo elephant controversy continued to build this weekend, as a pro-Zoo throng led by octogenarian actress Betty White converged on the zoo to protest
calls to close the municipal menagerie's troubled elephant exhibit.
Bowing to pressure from animal-rights activists
who say the health of the elephants is endangered (a charge that Zoo officials and their allies hotly dispute), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has commissioned a study to determine whether the living conditions for the Zoo's pachyderms are acceptably humane.
The three elephants, who share cramped accommodations desperately in need of renovation (not unlike many Angelenos), could conceivably be moved fom the Zoo to an animal sanctuary if the commission finds that the exhibit should be closed, something that White, et al
, believe would not be in the best interest of the animals.
City officials will issue their report "soon", and you can be sure that whatever the findings, the elephant dung will continue to hit the fan.