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Charlotte Laws
Member of the 
Greater Valley Glen Council

21781 Ventura Blvd., Suite 633
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Tel.  818.346.5280
Fax.  818.985.1690

drlaws@roadrunner.com

Photo of Charlotte Laws in March 2005

Speech to the Los Angeles City Council on behalf of the Elephants
April 18, 2006


My name is Dr. Charlotte Laws. I am president of the Directors of Animal Welfare (or DAW) program and a member of the Greater Valley Glen Council. The DAWs urge you to close the elephant exhibit permanently and to send Gita, Ruby and Billy to a sanctuary.

I am dismayed by the vote of the joint committee last week, but want to take this moment to thank Councilmember Rosendahl for his lone ethical vote.

A number of Neighborhood Councils plan to vote on the elephant issue at their upcoming board meetings. I feel you should listen to the councils and stakeholders in your districts before making a rash decision.

Everyone knows that elephants need space. Confining these large and beautiful creatures in a 3.7 acre enclosure is like trying to raise a child in a suitcase. It amounts to ongoing cruelty and systematic abuse.

What are we teaching our children when we take them to visit unhappy elephants living in intolerable conditions? We convey the wrong message. Elephants are not objects to be propped up on display. They are beings with innate value, deserving of happiness.

Los Angeles has a budget deficit of $270 million. It is irresponsible to spend $39 million of money that we do not have in this way.

In addition, the proposed exhibit will become defunct when Assemblyman Lloyd Levine’s elephant bill passes. The state will order you to close the new facility.

Please do the right thing for these deserving and beautiful creatures. They are counting on you.

And please do the right thing for Los Angeles taxpayers. We are likewise counting on you.