Tell the City Council: Don't Privatize the Los Angeles Zoo
  • Petitioned Herb J. Wesson, Jr.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember
Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Richard Alarcon
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Ed Reyes
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Mitchell Englander
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Paul Koretz
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Paul Krekorian
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Tony Cardenas
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Bernard Parks
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Dennis P. Zine
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Jan Perry
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Tom LaBonge
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Bill Rosendahl
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Jose Huizar

Tell the City Council: Don't Privatize the Los Angeles Zoo

    1. Laura Goldman
    2. Petition by

      Laura Goldman

      Torrance, CA

The Los Angeles Zoo is one of the few remaining zoos in the United States that is publicly owned and operated. But in an effort to save money, the Los Angeles City Council is currently considering a plan to privatize the facility.

Animal groups such as In Defense of Animals (IDA) oppose privatization of the zoo. Catherine Doyle, IDA's elephant welfare specialist, told the Los Angeles Times that it could mean less transparency, making the zoo "become even more secretive and insular."

If the proposal is approved, the zoo animals would still be owned by the city, and current zoo-specific employees would continue to be employed by the city (others could be transferred). New hires would be employed by the zoo operator. Some zoo employees have expressed concern that the new staff  won't have the same animal expertise as the current staff.

The city is also considering privatizing other facilities, including the Northeast Animal Center. In that particular case, privatization would be preferable, since the shelter, which holds animals but has never opened to the public due to lack of funds to pay for staff, would be run as a low-cost spay/neuter clinic and adoption center by the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society.

On the other hand, one of the companies that has already expressed an interest in taking over the zoo operations is Parques Reunidos, a Madrid-based for-profit that owns more than 70 amusement parks, water parks and zoos around the world.

A former Los Angeles Zoo consultant told the L.A. Times that any private operation is going to "Disney-fy" the zoo. "That's what they do," he said.

Don't let this happen. Sign the petition telling the City Council to oppose privatization of the Los Angeles Zoo.

Recent signatures

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    1. Sign the petition by SEIU Local 721

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      Please sign the petition by SEIU Local 721 asking the city council not to privatize the Los Angeles Zoo: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-privatization-of-the-la-zoo-don-t-put-profits-ahead-of-animal-welfare

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. City Council Votes to Begin Accepting Zoo Management Proposals

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      The City Council voted today to begin accepting proposals from private companies and nonprofits to operate the zoo. City officials will review the proposals in the fall. Per the measure, city officials must also explore alternatives to privatization.

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. City Council Votes Today on Whether to Accept Zoo Management Applications

      Laura Goldman
      Petition Organizer

      The City Council is expected to vote today on whether to ask private companies and nonprofit groups to submit applications to operate the zoo.

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Animal Welfare Group Opposes Privatization of L.A. Zoo

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The Los Angeles Zoo is one of a dwindling number in the U.S. that is publicly owned and financed. But all of that may change very soon if the City Council approves a plan to privatize the zoo, a move that In Defense of Animals (IDA) opposes....

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kathleen Rose SIMI VALLEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      anything for the animals

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    • animal lover CUMBRIA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      PLEASE SIGN

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    • Rebecca Beauchamp DAYTON, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      Animals are so unprotected against human cruelty and indifference that what little protection exists must remain intact regardless of cost. If you can't keep the zoo, give the animals to legitimate sanctuaries and close it down, but don't expose them to the risk of abuse and neglect.

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    • Kelly Hengler SIMI VALLEY, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The LA Zoo has had ten years of private support. It went from a dim and substandard condition to a status that makes it attractive to these private investors, all the efforts of philanthropic effort. Taxpayers not involved YET in those charity efforts should be informed and invited to the cause. Having a zoo is not a "nice thing". The Zoo, also is a preserve and a means to safe-guard certain species. Example of Connyland in Switzerland, a THEME park with animals. and the deaths, plural, at Sea World, both PRIVATELY owned. Zoos are not for profit. They are not intended to be themed ie driven for entertainment. I vote to urge the council, as a professional, Veteran, and taxpayer, to allow the philanthropic organzations and the public an opportunity of OWNERSHIP for the people of Los Angeles, and the many thousands of tourists that visit yearly. Do not sell the Zoo. It was not saved by and essentially rebuilt by concerned citizens to be propped up as an asset and sold. This requires business sense and collaboration, not a broker! Thank you for protecting the public trust.

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    • B L VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because cruelty of any kind is unacceptable. Please also check out my petition to raise awareness of the different kinds of ways to support the fight against human trafficking. http://www.change.org/petitions/you-buy-products-to-help-end-human-trafficking

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