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

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.

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


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