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the skunks of los feliz
2.13.2006
 
I made a pledge, a solemn oath, even, to never again post on the L.A. Zoo's elephant controversy. I swore (swore!) to Will Campbell that my pachydermic perorations were done for good. I put all thoughts of the titanic trio aside, to go blissfully about my life.

But then, striding out of the mists like a barbarian king of old, his mighty axe in hand and a murderous gleam in his eye, came Bob Barker, ready to go to war for the elephants of Los Angeles.

How could I, in good conscience, ignore this act of bravery? How could I turn away whilst this brave game show host strode heedlessly into the midst of the L.A. City Council and let lose a mighty "No! This shall not stand!" on behalf of Ruby, Gita, and the other, lesser-known elephant?

I couldn't. I can't. I won't.

And so, the link.
 
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Now that it's been three months since I worked at my beloved zoo I certainly no longer feel the need to carry any banner for the place.

I do still feel that the zoo operates with the animals best interests at heart, even if they proved not to have any desire in supporting those of this dedicated employee.

I encourage Bob Barker and any other anti-zoo activists to explore the facts and not offer one-sided and unfair assessments of the elephants' health and welfare.

And that third "lesser known" elephant is Billy, a male Asian elephant.
 
I resisted the impulse to pillory the Zoo in light of their behavior to you. And even though you're not there any longer, you've made me think in a more even-handed way about what they do.

Still, it's news when these Z-listers take on the elephant issue.

Maybe one day this issue will be resolved. I'm continually suprised at the legs this thing has.
 
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