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Los Angeles Announces 'Elephant Awareness Day'!

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Posted June 19, 2012 by peta2 staff

Great news for elephants! Today, the city of Los Angeles declared August 3 Elephant Awareness Day in honor of Juliette West and her work for elephants all around the world.

Remember Juliette West? If not, here’s the deal: Juliette is a 16-year-old high school student from suburban Los Angeles who, working alongside a team of activists from around the world, filmed How I Became an Elephant—a stunning, eye-opening, and heartbreaking documentary that shows the horrible ways that elephants are broken, neglected, and abused for human entertainment:

Getting August 3 declared Elephant Awareness Day is a huge step in the right direction! Implementing a day to ask people to consider how they can help elephants—an animal who is loved yet notoriously abused in circuses and other industries—is groundbreaking and is a sign that we’re moving toward a time when elephants are not kept in chains and denied basic rights and instead are allowed to live naturally in the wild, where they were meant to be.

Congrats to Juliette and Los Angeles for this exciting step forward!

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