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August 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Entertainer Bobby Berosini was awarded $4.2 million by a jury Saturday in his bitter yearlong battle with animal rights activists who accused him of beating orangutans used in his act on the Las Vegas Strip. "Thank you, America," Berosini, a native of Czechoslovakia, said as he left the courtroom. "He'll never see a penny of that money," responded Philip Hirschkop, an attorney for the Washington-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
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August 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Entertainer Bobby Berosini was awarded $4.2 million by a jury Saturday in his bitter yearlong battle with animal rights activists who accused him of beating orangutans used in his act on the Las Vegas Strip. "Thank you, America," Berosini, a native of Czechoslovakia, said as he left the courtroom. "He'll never see a penny of that money," responded Philip Hirschkop, an attorney for the Washington-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
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October 28, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Relatives of the late actress Amanda Blake claim that the owner of a south Sacramento County animal preserve coerced her into leaving her entire estate to the refuge. Blake's mother, sister and two cousins filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court this week, contending that the actress actually wanted to leave her estate to them. The suit said she was talked into leaving it to the Performing Animal Welfare Society three days before she died at age 60 in a Sacramento hospital on Aug. 16.
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April 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Winky, a popular but ailing elephant that had been transferred from the Detroit Zoo to a California refuge, has died. The 56-year-old elephant was euthanized Monday, according to the Performing Animal Welfare Society, which housed Winky in its San Andreas compound. Winky was one of two Asian elephants moved in 2005 to the sanctuary in the Sierra Nevada foothills because of arthritis and foot problems. Officials with the society say Winky was unable to get back on her feet after sliding to her hindquarters over the weekend, forcing veterinarians to euthanize her. Fifty-year-old Wanda remains there.
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January 31, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A gimpy black bear that became a celebrity in the city late last year will be moved to new accommodations in Sacramento County--complete with a hot tub. Arthur, a 300-pound black bear, languished for weeks with shotgun pellets in an arthritic hip before public protest prompted the state Fish and Game Department to capture the bruin and start treatment.
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January 27, 2009 | Corina Knoll
Along with about 200 Los Angeles Zoo employees, children and community members gathered Monday at City Hall, rock guitarist Slash pledged his support for completing the zoo's Pachyderm Forest. But the opposition had its own celebrity endorsement, this one with a $1.5-million donation, courtesy of former "The Price Is Right" host Bob Barker. The planned future home to 23-year-old Billy the elephant, the Pachyderm Forest is a $42-million, 6-acre proposal that began in 2006 but was put on hold a month ago. Some animal-rights activists said the area still would not provide enough roaming room, and Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas suggested that the zoo's lone Asian elephant be sent instead to the Performing Animal Welfare Society, a sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif.
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June 9, 1992 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hannibal the elephant reacted adversely to tranquilizers administered in the days before the five-ton animal died at the Los Angeles Zoo during an attempt to move him to a zoo in Mexico, animal activists said Monday.
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May 9, 2004 | Robert Hollis, Special to The Times
Following the deaths of two of their four elephants, managers of the San Francisco Zoo have decided to permanently shutter the city's aging and inadequate pachyderm exhibit. When the two remaining elephants are packed off to sanctuaries or another zoo, it will be the first time since the San Francisco Zoo opened in 1929 that visitors will not be able to witness the comings and goings of the world's largest land mammals from Africa and Asia.
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May 7, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Animal rights activists are decrying efforts to bring a 2-year-old elephant to a Northern California amusement park, claiming the animal is too young to be taken from its mother. Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo sent a crew to pick up Kala, an 1,800-pound Asian elephant, from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo. The young male is expected to arrive Wednesday in Vallejo by trailer, Marine World spokesman Jeff Jouett said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 1989 | From United Press International
A longtime friend of actress Amanda Blake says she feared before she died last August that the AIDS disease she had contracted would affect her work in animal rights. Pat Derby, the head of the Performing Animal Welfare Society refuge in Galt, said Tuesday that the actress knew she was fighting AIDS and feared negative publicity about it would harm her animal welfare causes. "She wanted to use all of her energy for animals," Derby told the Sacramento Bee.
OPINION
November 27, 2006
Re "L.A. Zoo is still undecided on elephant's future," Nov. 22 Why is it that L.A. Zoo Director John Lewis says he wants what's best for Ruby the elephant but keeps her in solitary confinement in a small, inadequate space at the zoo where no one ever sees her? She doesn't even have the company of other elephants, which is vital for her emotional well-being. What's best for this 45-year-old gal is to be able to roam freely on acres of soft, rolling hills at the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in Northern California.
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