February 4, 2023

You gotta love Bob Barker…especially when he’s kicking someone’s ass…
Bob Barker
L.A. City Council urged to free zoo elephants | Science Blog
L.A. drive time radio listeners will do a double take when they hear the voice of television personality Bob Barker, host of CBS-TV’s long-running game show “The Price Is Right,â€? urging them to oppose a costly plan to expand L.A. Zoo’s elephant exhibit – at taxpayer expense.
The radio spot was paid for by In Defense of Animals (IDA) in protest of L.A. Zoo’s controversial elephant exhibit proposal that would waste $40 million in taxpayer money and still not provide the space that elephants need to thrive.
L.A. City Council will vote on the controversial elephant exhibit expansion plan on Wednesday, April 19th. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has repeatedly stated he does not support keeping elephants in zoos and even promised during his election campaign to remove the elephants from L.A. Zoo.
This is not the first time Barker has been at the center of a national controversy surrounding the care of elephants. He presented important testimony before Congress on behalf of captive elephants in 2000. In 2006, he pled for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Council to send the elephants at Los Angeles Zoo to a sanctuary:
“We should ignore this suggestion of increasing the habitat and release those elephants and let them go into a sanctuary where they can spend the few remaining years to them in an atmosphere that is the nearest possible thing to their normal way of living in the wild.â€?

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