One major focus of the organization and the gala guests was Billy the elephant, who is at the center

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Lily Tomlin Recalls Fight for Billy the Elephant’s Release at Comedy Gala

Voice for the Animals was founded by Melya Kaplan in 1999 and has helped animals around Los Angeles by employing feral cats to help fight rodent infestation, founding the Animal Cruelty Task Force’ which investigates animal abuse and is now part of the LAPD ‘ and rescuing senior dogs and cats. One major focus of the organization and the gala guests was Billy the elephant, who is at the center of the “Captivity Is Not Conservation” campaign and is currently being held at the Los Angeles Zoo.’

“I met Melya 10 years ago, and she was working very hard to get Billy the elephant out of the L.A. Zoo and into a sanctuary,” Tomlin told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve been down to City Hall quite a bit ‘ Cher, Kevin Nealon and Eric Garcetti [now the mayor of Los Angeles] was the head of the council at the time, and we had one minute to talk. All the pro-zoo people are sitting there in green T-shirts, and I said I don’t understand how anybody can align themselves with a group that thinks an adequate enclosure for an elephant is a three-car garage, and Garcetti turned my mic off,” she said. “So let him put that in his pipe and run for president.”

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