Ellen DeGeneres Is Thrilled To Announce That After 30 Years, Billy The Elephant Will Leave The LA Zoo
January 29, 2018 13:05 By Fabiosa
Nowadays, more and more people realize that it’s cruel to keep wild animals in captivity, and zoos as well as all kinds of circuses are not an exception. There are a lot of protests going on against a cruel animal treatment, and more often, all the efforts are not in vain. The same has happened in the case of now-famous Billy the elephant who has been kept in the zoo for more than 30 years.
But recently, Ellen DeGeneres, who has been fighting a lot to help free Billy, has announced that it’s been decided to allow Billy leave the L.A. Zoo. Here is her Instagram post.
What is more, Ellen noted it was the best birthday present she could ever get.
30 years in captivity
The poor animal was only 4 when he got jailed in the zoo. Since then, he hasn’t been either in his natural habitat or even in a sanctuary. Now, he is 32, and soon, it will be the first time Billy will see a sanctuary.
The debate between the zoo and the fighters for animals’ rights has been very long. Both sides tried to prove their truth is right. The zoo claimed the elephant is kept in good conditions. However, lots of people believe the poor animal was just cost-effective for them.
Billy is free now
@Regranned from @worldanimalnews - A statement from Kiersten Cluster Of Elephant Guardians Of Los Angeles - - "Victory for Billy today! The Arts, Parks & River Committee of the Los Angeles City Council called for an independent assessment of Billy’s physical and mental health, the care he receives by the zoo and his living conditions by a 3 member panel of veterinary medical professionals. Thank you to everyone who came out for the hearing today, and everyone who called and emailed the Councilmembers. And a huge thank you to Councilmember Paul Koretz for your dedication to Billy’s well-being". The fight has just begun! ???????????? #FreeBilly - - Speakers at today’s hearing included Actress #LilyTomlin & the attorney who has been working on the #FreeBilly case for years, #DavidCasselman. - - Thanks to @pattyshenker for your hard work and dedication to help #FreeBilly - - ????????@worldanimalnews @peace_4animals
It’s vitally important to note that Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t the only celebrity who voiced her concern against keeping the animal in the zoo. She was joined by such famous people as Cher, Lily Tomlin, and Slash (Guns N’ Roses).
Luckily, some people are willing to sacrifice their own time to fight for the rights of others, especially those who are helpless.