STATEMENT: EXOTIC ANIMAL BAN PASSES COMMITTEE

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Los Angeles City Council Committee on Personnel and Animal Welfare approved an ordinance led by Councilmember Ryu to ban the exhibition of wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes. The proposed ordinance, which began as a motion in 2016, needs only approval from the full Council and Mayor before becoming law.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

February 5, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

 

EXOTIC ANIMAL BAN PASSES COMMITTEE

 

LOS ANGELES - Today, the Los Angeles City Council Committee on Personnel and Animal Welfare approved an ordinance led by Councilmember Ryu to ban the exhibition of wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes. The proposed ordinance, which began as a motion in 2016, needs only approval from the full Council and Mayor before becoming law.

“The issue of wild, exotic animals being abused came to my doorstep four years ago, when a baby giraffe and elephant were being marched up the Hollywood Hills for a house party,” Councilmember Ryu said. “This is beyond unacceptable, and we must end it. It is time that the City of Los Angeles takes action to make clear that treating animals in this way is not in line with our City’s values.”

The issue of wild animals, including elephants, giraffes, and lions being brought to lavish house parties in the Hollywood Hills has been a problem for years. The draft ordinance would prohibit the use of wild or exotic animals at house parties, venues and other live entertainment. 

Read the draft ordinance here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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