After spending months revisiting its 2006 decision to spend $42 million on a pachyderm elephant exhibit at the L.A. Zoo, the City Council voted 11-4 to keep Billy the Elephant caged in more comfortable quarters and bring him some playmates, male and female.
For all the endless hours of public comment and debate — roughly 10 times as much as was spent in putting the largest solar power initiative on the ballot, of all places — the council decided it had nothing to do with Billy’s welfare.
All that mattered was that it was cheaper to keep him at the zoo than to let him roam free in the wilds of the Valley.
So take heart, Los Angeles, they don’t treat elephants any better than they do people.