Slash Battles Tomlin Over Elephant Exhibit
Rocker Slash is going head to head with actress Lily Tomlin over an elephant battle at Los Angeles Zoo.
9 To 5 star Tomlin wants Los Angeles City Council officials to scrap a campaign to build a new Pachyderm Forest for resident elephant Billy, and instead allow the creature to retire in a California sanctuary.
But Slash is a fan of the proposed state-of-the-art new educational habitat for Billy and other endangered Asian elephants - and he's keen to support the zoo.
In a statement, the Velvet Revolver star says, "I just want everybody to try to support this cause because it's very important.
"Billy has been taken care of at the zoo for about 20 years. He has four keepers, who have been at his beck and call, taking care of him and providing him with optimal medical care and everything else that he needs.
"This enclosure is one of the nicest enclosures he could possibly have... It's really well done. It gives the elephants an amazing amount of room to move around. I'm a huge advocate of this particular exhibit."
But in a recent interview, animal lover Tomlin called on officials to halt the Pachyderm Forest project and allow the elephant to live out his days at the PAWS sanctuary in the northern California wilderness.
She said, "The habitat (at the zoo) is simply not big enough, and no habitat in a zoo is big enough for an elephant... They are mammoth and majestic and beautiful and sensitive, and, for generations, we have put elephants in zoos.
"Billy himself lives on about a quarter of an acre for more than 20 years and it's just not humane and it's not rational or responsible.
"Elephants have to walk 30 to 40 miles a day just to keep healthy and that's one of the reasons why they suffer so much in zoos and develop abscesses of the feet and terrible arthritis. They also develop great mental problems; psychologically they're depressed."