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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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December 31, 2000 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe actor Alec Baldwin didn't win $1 million for an animal sanctuary here after naming it his charity of choice on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," but he did win enough to build two new lakes for its residents. Baldwin won $250,000 for the Performing Animal Welfare Society, which cares for abused and unwanted lions, tigers, leopards, bears, elephants and other creatures. One of the new lakes will be for the sanctuary's elephants, the other for its bears.
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December 31, 2000 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe actor Alec Baldwin didn't win $1 million for an animal sanctuary here after naming it his charity of choice on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," but he did win enough to build two new lakes for its residents. Baldwin won $250,000 for the Performing Animal Welfare Society, which cares for abused and unwanted lions, tigers, leopards, bears, elephants and other creatures. One of the new lakes will be for the sanctuary's elephants, the other for its bears.
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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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December 12, 2004 | Robert Hollis, Special to The Times
As preparations continue to move the last ailing elephant from the city's zoo, officials say it will be years before visitors see another. The elephant exhibit is scheduled to close once Lulu, a 38-year-old African pachyderm with chronic health problems, is moved to a sanctuary run by the Performing Animal Welfare Society in the Sierra foothills. She is the fourth elephant to die or move this year from the antiquated half-acre exhibit.
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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.
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