On Feb. 5, the Los Angeles City Council Committee on Personnel and Animal Welfare approved an ordinance led by City Councilman David Ryu, 4th District, to ban the exhibition of wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes. The proposed ordinance, which began as a motion in 2016, needs 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,” Ryu said before the committee meeting. “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.
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