It is now less than a week before our California Primary election which takes place next Tuesday, June 8th. I again want to urge your support for PEDRO NAVA for Attorney General. Check him out at Pedronava.com and do what you can to get this man elected. He will be a strong advocate for people , animals and the environment, and NOT big corporations and special interests. I know many of us can’t even imagine such a person in office but, if we get him elected, he will be that elected official who stands up for us. Help me so he will help all of us!
My husband and I hosted a benefit for Assemblyman Pedro Nava who is running for Attorney General in 2010 in California. Being up in Sacramento several times for a spay/neuter bill with the group Social Compassion in Legislation, I saw Pedro in action and he is most impressive. Besides introducing 3 pro-animal bills last year, Pedro was always willing to meet with us to help with our bill that he was not introducing. Only one of his animals bills was signed into law but that’s because of the fact that we have a Republican governor. He is a true advocate for people, animals and our environment. My local paper, The Palisadian Post, wanted to do an article about me, highlighting the party we were having for Pedro and this is it. I encourage all Californians to go to Pedronava.com and help his campaign in every way you can. Californians need a great lawyer for our beautiful but struggling state and Pedro Nava is that person!
As California’s next Attorney General, I will fight to protect consumers from fraud, the environment from polluters, and your families from harm. My campaign is gaining momentum each day, but I need your help now.
See what state and national leaders are saying about my candidacy!
Carl Pope, Chairman, Sierra Club
“I believe that Pedro Nava is the only candidate who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to environmental protection during his career.”
Eric Bauman, Vice Chairman, CA Democratic Party
“Californians need an Attorney General who will stand up at times like these and make sure that every person has a fair shot at the Californian dream.”
Lee Baca, Sheriff, Los Angeles County
“Pedro has consistently shown that he supports public safety and what it takes to keep our communities safe.”
Wayne Pacelle, Executive Vice President, Humane Society Legislative Fund
“The kind of leadership on animal protection issues that Pedro Nava brings is rare. Californians who care about animal protection should cast their ballot for Nava during the primary election.”
Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo, President, Congress of California Seniors and a member of the California Commission on Aging
“Nava stands head and shoulders above the rest of the field – I know, because I speak from more than fifty years of fighting for the public good.”
Martel Fraser, President, Tri-Counties Central Labor Council (Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo)
“I am supporting Pedro Nava for Attorney General because I know we can count on him to stand up for California’s hard working men and women.”
William Harper Jr., President, State Coalition of Probation Organizations (SCOPO)
“On behalf of the twenty-four member organizations of SCOPO and the thousands of dedicated probation officers we represent throughout California, we believe that Assemblymember Nava is the most qualified to be the next Attorney General.”
Jim Rogers, Chair, Elections Committee County of Orange (ECCO)
“He has shown through his actions that he will fight to protect not only the rights of the LGBT community but all Californians and that is why we have endorsed him.”
Andrew Salinas, President, National Latino Peace Officers Association Ventura County
“Nava’s life story and experience are inspirational.”
I am the best candidate to preserve, protect, and improve the quality of life we all enjoy in California. Thank you for your continued support. Please donate $5, $10, or whatever you can today by visiting my website at www.pedronava.com.
Click once to enlarge this article.
I became so outraged by what the zoo representative, Brenda Scott Royce, had said for this article that I felt obliged to write her. The LA Zoo has lied about many things and this is another case of their flat-out lies. PAWS is a real sanctuary in Northern California; check it out at www.pawsweb.org, and, as you will learn from reading “Shattered Dreams,” there is a barn waiting for poor Billy. Please help us get him there!
Dear Ms. Royce,
Please stop lying about Billy. He has a barn waiting for him at PAWS Sanctuary as I write. The article about me in the Palisadian Post last month quotes you as saying that we are “in favor of sending Billy to a sanctuary, even a theoretical sanctuary that has yet to be designed, built or tested”. Funny- that “theoretical sanctuary” is where Ruby lives happily now! Another outrageous lie from the LA Zoo! I know- because I paid for it and I have been in it. It’s time you zookeepers get informed and stop accusing us of being “under-informed”. Scientific evidence has clearly proven that elephants die much younger in zoos than in the wild. You are the ones who are lying, spreading misinformation & ignoring scientific evidence. As Harry Reid recently said to his Republican legislators- “You can have your own opinions but not your own facts!” That goes for all of you as well. ~Patty Shenker
I write today of two shattered dreams of mine. One is for Ned, the captive-born, circus-bound elephant who died May 15 at the youthful age of twenty-one, one year older than my only child. Ned never really recuperated from the extreme abuse and food and water deprivation that it takes to train an elephant for the circus. Fortunately, he was able to spend his last few months at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee in the loving, caring supervision of Carol Buckley and her devoted staff, after having been confiscated by the USDA from an “animals in entertainment” facility. This was supposed to be a brief stop on the way to his new home at PAWS Sanctuary in Northern California before it became apparent that Ned was too ill and weak for that journey and so the Tennessee sanctuary cared for him until his dying day.
My involvement in this is related to the fact that I had promised PAWS Sanctuary $100,000. to build a barn for Billy, the Los Angeles Zoo elephant whom I, among many, were fighting to get out of the zoo and to PAWS.
Billy, another bull (male) elephant, has lived for eighteen years at the zoo in an insufficient enclosure with no environmental enhancement. He was taken from the wilds of Malaysia, his mother probably killed for the capture, and sent to America for the zoo. Billy displays neurotic behavior by bobbing his head and swaying constantly. He also is showing the typical foot problems that elephants suffer due to insufficient space. Many people are distraught by Billy’s repetitious behavior and his loneliness.
In early November, Pat Derby of PAWS Sanctuary called me to see if I would gift them the promised donation in advance of Billy’s arrival and in anticipation of Ned’s. I was horrified to learn of Ned’s plight and happy to advance my donation for Ned’s sake. The truth is it could have gone to any elephant lucky enough to get there. Now, sadly, Ned will never live in the barn I helped build for him. He will never live a semblance of an elephant life- either at The Elephant Sanctuary nor PAWS Sanctuary. He will never grow old. He, also, will never suffer again, nor wake another brutal day to entertain people and make them laugh. He will never have to ride a tricycle again. Ned and all these elephants deserve better. And I will keep fighting to stop their exploitation.
Billy, who was to get the barn originally, has not yet made it out of the LA Zoo, thanks to politics and labor and lies and people ignoring scientific facts and wildlife experts. City Council sentenced Billy to its zoo and future breeding program. So that dream would appear to have died as well. Luckily, there is still a lawsuit against the city to remove Billy and I am hoping we will win this. Then Billy can finally enjoy PAWS Sanctuary and the magnificent space it provides and have the companionship of Nicholas, another bull elephant.
I ask everyone to keep educating people to the abuse and unnatural lives of zoo and circus elephants and the need for real conservation in the wild. And please help me make sure that Ned’s barn has a bull.
- Superior Court’s Decision against the LA Zoo’s Elephant Exhibit
- Rumblings from PAWS- by Pat Derby
- TRUMPETS TO PAT DERBY- June 7, 1943- Feb. 16, 2013 MyTribute to My Friend
- Do Elephants Really Paint?! by Windy Borman of The Eyes of Thailand
- Elephant Movie Star Electric-Shocked!