Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bob Barker from "The Price is Right" Tells of Horrible Conditions for Elephants in Los Angeles Zoo: Asks City Council to Close Zoo's Elephant Exhibit

Even at 82 Bob Barker is still going strong. Guess it’s him leading a healthy life. Here are some quotes from the article below which brings attention to what Mr. Barker sees as concerns:

“Barker said that Ruby is under emotional stress and has started to sway back and forth for hours at a time.

"The only place you see that is at zoos and circuses. When they are under such emotional stress they begin to sway," Barker said.”

Barker goes to bat for elephants

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The director of the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday disputed game show host Bob Barker's comments about the condition of the zoo's three elephants.

Barker on Friday pleaded with the City Council to close the zoo's elephant exhibit, saying the pachyderms lived in misery and that two of the three elephants were ill.

"His information was wrong," said John Lewis, the zoo's director.

"He was making statements that were just factually untrue."

Two of the zoo's elephants, Billy and Ruby, are healthy physically and mentally, Lewis said. Gita has been recovering from October surgery for a foot injury and has been behaving normally, he said.

Barker, the 82-year-old host of "The Price is Right" and a longtime animal rights activist, stood by his remarks Saturday. Barker said that Ruby is under emotional stress and has started to sway back and forth for hours at a time.

"The only place you see that is at zoos and circuses. When they are under such emotional stress they begin to sway," Barker said.

Barker also denounced the zoo's plans to build a 2-acre, $19 million elephant exhibit.

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