Los Angeles, California: Stand Up for Elephants at LA Zoo!
Please join us at the Los Angeles Zoo for a peaceful rally to demand Billy the elephant be freed from his tragic enclosure, and to stand in solidarity with the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos!
Billy was born in Malaysia in 1985 and has been held captive at the LA Zoo, forced to endure woefully inadequate conditions for over 29 years. He deserves to live the rest of his life in a sanctuary, where he can choose how to spend his days, and not be forced to be on perpetual display.
Billy is one of the thousands of elephants who suffer in zoos across the globe. Wild elephants also face significant threats and endure the traumas inflicted by poaching, habitat encroachment and wild captures which permanently tear families apart.
This Free Billy rally stands in alignment with the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, which is hosting events worldwide during the month of May while the CITES Conference of Parties (CoP 18) is taking place. A series of demands on behalf of animals are being made including: urging Japan and the EU to shut down their domestic ivory trades, rejecting calls for countries to re-open their ivory trades, and establishing greater transparency in CITES’ issuing of permits relating to hunting trophies and exports of live endangered species.
Elephant Guardians of Los Angeles created the Free Billy Rally at the LA Zoo. We are honored to co-host this event alongside Care2, Los Angeles for Animals, and the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos.
We hope to see you there!
What: A peaceful gathering on behalf of Billy and those who are suffering in captivity or exploited by the ivory trades. Please refrain from name-calling, cursing or shaming, as those behaviors at this demonstration will not be tolerated.
When: Saturday, May 18 from 10 am – 12 pm
Where: The front entrance of the Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
What to bring: Leaflets and signs will be provided. Homemade materials are also welcome. Please refrain from bringing single-use plastic bottles, as this causes pollution that harms animals and their habitats.