Bob Barker is the Fucking Man!

For some months now, there’s been a pretty heavy scene playing out in the animal right’s landscape here in La-La land.  The LA Zoo has been in the middle of a 42 million dollar renovation of their elephant exhibit, while Billy, the zoo’s lone elephant, remains imprisoned in the typical fucked up zoo environment.

Of course, the zoo is no place for any animal.  But it seems that elephants, in particular, really suffer there, and Billy has been no exception.  Even with this new renovation, and in consideration of all the well-intentioned folks behind it, many of us believe this would be a sad, expensive, and futile new chapter to an already tragic story.  Simply put, every elephant who is still stuck in any zoo or circus environment should be the first in line for sanctuary life.

So as the renovation stalled recently, many in the community here have been lobbying to have the exhibit shut down and to have Billy sent up north to a sanctuary in San Andreas; a place much more suitable for him to live out his years with other elephants.  (He would also be rejoining Ruby, an African elephant who left the LA zoo in ’07.)

After a series of hearings, the renovation project was put on hold a month ago, giving all of us (and Billy) a glimmer.  And now, on the eve of a couple more decisive hearings this week, Bob Barker – the former host of The Price is Right who has also been a tireless spay/neuter advocate through the years – steps up to the plate with a 1.5 million dollar donation to have Billy relocated.  And that is why…

Bob Barker is the fucking man!

Now, whether or not his generous donation will be utilized remains to be seen, based on how things shake down this week.  But still.  1.5 mil is not exactly pocket change (especially in these times), and I just wanted to send a shout out to Big “B.”

Also, check out this short vid for an excellent overview on Billy’s plight and the overall situation with elephants in captivity:

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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One Response to Bob Barker is the Fucking Man!

  1. heather says:

    I’ve long admired Bob Barker for his positions on animal ethics.
    I’ve been involved for a few years with a no-kill animal rescue organization, and it’s amazing how an animal can adapt to the most limiting environment, and how big a difference a move to a positive environment can make in their quality of life. I hope for the best for Billy.

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