Enduring entertainer Cher has urged her nearly-2 million Twitter followers to help release elephant Billy from LA Zoo, whilst offering half-a-million dollars from her own pockets to get him to a sanctuary in San Andreas.
Cher tweeted to her "crew" (the affectionate name she gave her fanbase): "Will we let Ringling Bros. Circus (or any entity that comes to California) use bullhooks on the elephants that they hold hostage and torture for money? I stood helplessly by and did nothing as the LA Zoo drove Billy to a nervous breakdown! Outside experts all agreed - it is criminal. Crew, please take an interest in the abuse and maiming of these beautiful elephants that are caged and then tortured with bullhooks."
The 'I Hope You Find It' singer then offered half-a-million dollars to help get the Asian elephant to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), a sanctuary in San Andreas which already houses a female African elephant who left the LA Zoo in 2007: "Billy has weighed heavily on my mind for many years. I would give half-a-million dollars for his release to the place that Bob Barker talked about (PAWS). LA Zoo holds Billy hostage! LA Zoo has abused him until all he does is rock back-and-forth, alone."
Cher - who owns a large collection of ornamental elephants - went on to write: "My dear crew, please take the time to go online and read Billy's story! Billy - LA Zoo. The LA Jail/Zoo is made up of liars. Go to this site: Earth in Transition. 14 Elephants have died in LA Zoo and Billy has spent almost all of his 27 years in a tiny space. Think! You are all so smart and kind, please put your heads together! I've just signed a letter that will be read Downtown tomorrow. Boycott circus!"
For more information about helping Billy, visit helpbilly.org.
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