December 4, 2007
Activists to Los Angeles Mayor: Replace Ed Boks and Stop The Killing
Deputy Mayor, Mayor's Sister Both Visited by Activists Intent on Helping City's Companion Animals
Los Angeles - In two anonymous communiqués received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office (NAALPO), Los Angeles activists have apparently taken the struggle against the killing of healthy companion animals up a notch. One of the communiqués reads in part:
"On the night of monday november the 12 we hit the house of deborah villar. If the name sounds familiar its cause shes the sister of the mayor of los angeles, california. We spent the last couple months doing some recon at the department of los angeles animal shelters.
We even saw places like the rooms they bump off animals. What haunted us most were the wide eyes, wide eyes with the most terrified expressions we ever saw. The stk web site has a video that doesn't show the half of it."
Since 2003 local activists in LA have focused on exposing the mismanaged and corrupt department of Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS).Activists complain that ex-Mayor James Hahn, and now Antonio Villaraigosa have repeatedly failed to hire experts to evaluate Los Angeles Animal Services and implement No Kill policies, programs, and protocols proven to stop the killing of thousands of healthy, treatable animals in other municipal shelters throughout the Nation.
To read the full communiques regarding the Mayor's sister and the Mayor's deputy James Alan Blackman, go to www.animalliberationpressoffice.org.
Pamelyn Ferdin, an activist with Animal Defense League-LA explains "Two previous general managers of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services have either retired or been removed - only to see Mayor Villaraigosa appoint Ed Boks, a man who was asked to leave as General Manager of the animal shelter system in Maricopa County, Arizona and whose contract as executive director of New York City's Animal Care and Control was not renewed by a unanimous vote of the five NYC animal commissioners.
In October 2005, Villaraigosa promised to hire No Kill Solutions to evaluate LAAS, search for a competent General Manager and make the necessary changes to save tens of thousands of lives each year. Instead, Villaraigosa appointed Ed Boks as General Manager- allegedly because of a large campaign contribution promised by Boks' then-friend Gary Michelson."
Ferdin adds "Villaraigosa enabled Ed Boks to bypass the City's personnel office and the normal channels most candidates must pass through and now, Boks is earning over $165,000 (one hundred sixty-five thousand dollars) per year of taxpayer money to continue his history of ineptitude and mismanagement in our six City animal shelters."
Press Officer Lindy Greene states: "Everyone knows that Ed Boks isn't the right man for the job of General Manager of LAAS and that he is responsible for the continued needless slaughter of cats, dogs, puppies, kittens, bunnies, and other shelter animals every year - just because Villaraigosa and his staff wanted a huge contribution from a wealthy donor. And the humane community also knows all too well that mayoral staffers such as Jimmy Blackman and Jim Bickhart encouraged the Mayor to hire an incompetent like Ed Boks without even researching his abysmal history at the two previous shelters he's overseen."
For more information visit, www.animalliberationpressoffice.org.
Contact: Press Officer Lindy Greene
Animal Liberation Press Office
6320 Canoga Avenue #1500
Woodland Hills, CA 91367