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Since 1975, 14 elephants have died at the Los Angeles Zoo. More than half of them died before the age of 20. The average lifespan for an elephant in the wild is 70.

A lawsuit was filed in August of 2007 against the LA Zoo claiming that the treatment of elephants there resulted in numerous deaths and was not only cruel but also a waste of taxpayer funds.

The trial date has been set for June 11, 2012.

Funds are needed to support the case by flying in the world's leading elephant authorities to testify. They will be coming from Kenya, Thailand, Cambodia, the UK and various parts of the US.

It has been scientifically established that the practice of keeping the world’s largest land mammals in spatially insufficient enclosures is, in fact, inhumane. It leads to physical and psychological ailments that are the direct cause of premature death and it is a practice of no consequence to the conservation of the species. It has been proven that elephants, very much like humans, suffer from emotional trauma and stress, and because of this die younger in captivity. No artificial enclosure, however attractive it may appear to us, can possibly afford a captive elephant the space it needs.

The key to conservation is not to hold these majestic animals confined in zoos and circuses, the key to conservation is to protect their natural habitats.

PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society), a sanctuary in Northern California, is ready, willing and able to take in Billy and offer him the freedom, mobility and space that he needs to thrive.

Please help us win this battle for Billy. He deserves to live out the remaining years of his life on a sanctuary.



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