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Bob Barker Pleads for Elephants' Release
Associated Press ^ | Sat Feb 11, 2006

Posted on 02/11/2006 12:24:58 PM PST by presidio9

Bob Barker pleaded with city officials to close the Los Angeles Zoo's pachyderm exhibit and allow its three elephants to retire to a sanctuary.

Appearing jovial when he arrived at Friday's City Council meeting, the veteran game show host and longtime animal rights activist turned serious when he began to talk about the zoo's elephants, Gita, Ruby and Billy.

"I came here today to ask, to beg you ... to vote to release those elephants from that zoo," Barker said. "They have lived in misery."

Gita and Ruby are ill, leaving only Billy on display. A fourth elephant, Tara, died in 2004.

Several zoos nationwide, including San Francisco's, have closed their elephant exhibits.

Barker denounced plans to build a 2-acre, $19 million exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo that supporters say would provide a spacious and more natural environment for the elephants. The 82-year-old host of "The Price is Right" said it was too costly and would likely be obsolete by the time it is completed.

The exhibit was not an issue on the council's agenda and no vote was taken.

"There's only one solution to the tragic, the embarrassing elephant problem going on at (the zoo), and it's to release those elephants from captivity and place them in a sanctuary," Barker said.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalrights; animals; bobbarker; elephant; elephants; movedtochat; notsidebarmaterial; pachyderm; whosthethreadnanny

1 posted on 02/11/2006 12:24:59 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

OK, it may be off-topic, but I think Bob Barker has the best job in the world, as host of The Price Is Right. It's no wonder he never retired!


2 posted on 02/11/2006 12:28:23 PM PST by Museum Twenty (Proudly supporting President George W. Bush - Proudly shouting "Rumsfeld '08!")
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To: presidio9


I agree with Barker on this.


3 posted on 02/11/2006 12:29:22 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

I was going to say that this article sounds like a lot of elephant shit, but he's probably right. The poor things need a LOT of land and they are so intelligent.


4 posted on 02/11/2006 12:34:26 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: onyx

Actually, we should just close all zoos. No zoo is the same experience for an animal as living in the wild. It is not good enough for nutty animal rights activists that they build a spacious enclosure. They want no animals in zoos period.


Elephants are beasts of burden in much of the world. And the ones in zoos live a lot longer. This is silly. They are also getting rid of elephants at the Bronx zoo.

Maybe this is part of the backlash agaisnt Republicans?


5 posted on 02/11/2006 12:34:41 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9

I always thought Bob Barker was a Republican.


6 posted on 02/11/2006 12:35:52 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

They are intelligent. They're GOP.

Needless to say the other party has a perfect fit with their animal...lol.


7 posted on 02/11/2006 12:38:27 PM PST by onyx
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To: presidio9

He gives money to Bush, but my point was about the stupid liberal idea of removing all elephants from zoos. Barker often allies himself with the far left on animal rights issues.


8 posted on 02/11/2006 12:38:30 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9


San Diego has a wonderful zoo and a wonderful wild animal park.


9 posted on 02/11/2006 12:39:17 PM PST by onyx
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To: presidio9

The most condesending host in the history of television.


10 posted on 02/11/2006 12:39:42 PM PST by kjo
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To: GodBlessPeggyNoonan

I once read a quote from Bob Barker's late wife. She said something like, "We have the ideal marriage. I love Bob Barker and Bob Barker loves Bob Barker."


11 posted on 02/11/2006 12:41:01 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: onyx

You mean the Ass Party? :)


12 posted on 02/11/2006 12:42:10 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar


LOL! Indeed I do!


13 posted on 02/11/2006 12:42:54 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

Origin of the Democrat's donkey:

President Andrew Jackson was lampooned in political cartoons as "President Jackass," partly for ignoring a Supreme Court order and forcibly removing Native Americans from the American Southeast. A third of those Indians died on the forced march, which became known as the "Trail of Tears." For this, he was depicted with a human head on a donkey's body. Our first genocidal president liked it so much, he made it his party's symbol.


14 posted on 02/11/2006 12:44:06 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9

I do think that wild animal parks are better for elephants than zoos.


15 posted on 02/11/2006 12:44:09 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: GodBlessPeggyNoonan

I imagine the price is right ladies also have something to do with why he never retired.


16 posted on 02/11/2006 12:44:56 PM PST by Cyclopean Squid (History is a work in progress)
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To: EveningStar

The zoo wanted to put the elephants in this type of setting. PETA and barker reject this plan.


17 posted on 02/11/2006 12:45:15 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9


I'll be forever grateful unto him. Good choice and it's managed to apply all throughout the generations.


18 posted on 02/11/2006 12:46:01 PM PST by onyx
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To: presidio9

I'm not sure that 2 acres is enough.


19 posted on 02/11/2006 12:48:23 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Are you serious? The food is supplied. The two acres is just so they can walk around.


20 posted on 02/11/2006 12:49:51 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9

I'm not an animal rights whacko but I do like elephants. :)


21 posted on 02/11/2006 12:51:05 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: presidio9
Barker's late wife was an animal rights activist. It was in memory of her that he began showing animals from the ASPCA on Price is Right, and also why he closes with "remember to spay and neuter your pets." I've always thought it was a nice tribute to her, even if he did start boinking all the Price is Right models shortly after she died.

I disagree with him on the elephants. Much of the work done by animal rights activists is actually antithical to their cause, just as the environmentalists do much harm to the environment (massive wild fires because they don't want fire breaks, etc.). Most modern zoos are run by people who love animals, and are well tended. They live longer than animals in the wild, and seldom are eaten by other animals. They get treatment for disease, and an infected foot isn't a death sentence.

Just as the animal rights activists protest rodeos, where bulls worth thousands are probably the best treated stock animals in the world, they protest zoos, because they compare the animal treatment to perfection, rather than how most other animals of their types live.

22 posted on 02/11/2006 12:51:34 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: EveningStar

Keep in mind that Barker's main point was that the new enclosure would be too costly, not that it was not sufficient. I like elephants too. I think these elephants would do a lot more good as ambassadors to some inner-city kid than they would in a retirement home in the middle of nowhere. No zoo is complete without a lion, a giraffe, a hippo and an elephant.


23 posted on 02/11/2006 12:54:58 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9

I haven't been to the zoo in years.


24 posted on 02/11/2006 12:56:08 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

If you have kids or nephews & neices, I reommend a trip tomorrow. I promise you you'll enjoy it.


25 posted on 02/11/2006 12:57:15 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: Howlin; Clemenza; Petronski; GummyIII; SevenofNine; martin_fierro; EggsAckley; Xenalyte; ...

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26 posted on 02/11/2006 1:00:38 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar; onyx

They've lived in a zoo and now he wants to put them in the wild?


27 posted on 02/11/2006 1:02:50 PM PST by Howlin (Why don't you just report the news, instead of what might be the news? - Donald Rumsfeld 1/25/2006)
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28 posted on 02/11/2006 1:04:29 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Howlin

Not the wild. Just some place where they could roam but the public couldn't see them. LOL.


29 posted on 02/11/2006 1:05:54 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

What's the difference between a zoo and a sanctuary?


30 posted on 02/11/2006 1:07:16 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Truth is generally the best vindication against slander --- Abe Lincoln (Get it!?))
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To: EveningStar

A sanctuary is like a game preserve, isn't it?


31 posted on 02/11/2006 1:07:53 PM PST by Howlin (Why don't you just report the news, instead of what might be the news? - Donald Rumsfeld 1/25/2006)
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To: presidio9
Maybe this is part of the backlash against Republicans?

Snork! LOL!

32 posted on 02/11/2006 1:08:23 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Truth is generally the best vindication against slander --- Abe Lincoln (Get it!?))
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To: presidio9
Better not mess with Bob Barker!


33 posted on 02/11/2006 1:11:06 PM PST by bikepacker67 (Islam was born of Hagar the whore.)
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To: Howlin; Dashing Dasher
"elephant sanctuary"
34 posted on 02/11/2006 1:12:14 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Howlin; Dashing Dasher

Now we can all find out what an elephant sanctuary is and where they are. ;)


35 posted on 02/11/2006 1:13:19 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: bikepacker67

The price is wrong beyotch.


36 posted on 02/11/2006 1:13:37 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9

"There's only one solution to the tragic, the embarrassing elephant problem going on at (the zoo), and it's to release those elephants from captivity and place them in a sanctuary," Barker said.

 



37 posted on 02/11/2006 1:15:01 PM PST by Fintan (One day we'll look back on this and plow into a parked car.)
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To: Fintan

ROFL!


38 posted on 02/11/2006 1:36:09 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: presidio9; Fintan
Barker denounced plans to build a 2-acre, $19 million exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo

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39 posted on 02/11/2006 1:41:21 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: EveningStar

Ping to you, too to #39


40 posted on 02/11/2006 1:41:50 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

I'm dying here! :D~


41 posted on 02/11/2006 1:45:09 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

He is.


42 posted on 02/11/2006 1:54:00 PM PST by RightWingAtheist (Creationism Is Not Conservative!)
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To: Howlin

No, not out into the wild. Just on an Elephant reservation, but lack of a better term. A sanctuary, with trees and lakes and plenty of room to roam.


43 posted on 02/11/2006 2:40:17 PM PST by onyx
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