West Hollywood Bans Commercial Displays Of Exotic Animals

On September 17, 2013 by admin

“The company mixes these chemicals together for hair conditioner [but] by themselves they are toxic so we had to figure out what we had.” An employee suffered second-degree burns and was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital but it was unclear whether flames or chemicals caused his injuries. “We might be talking about both,” Kuklinski said. “Some of the employees used a dry chemical extinguisher to somewhat extinguish the fire so he might have had both type of burns.” The sprinkler system also was activated with mixed results, he said. “It kept the fire under control but it started flooding out the vats which caused an overflow [of chemicals] so we had to shut the sprinklers down and we had to clean up the rest of [the hazardous materials],” Kuklinski said. An ambulance and engines from Hollywood and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue were spread around the parking lot. “We had the fire knocked out pretty quickly but because of the chemicals it took us some time to determine what our course of action was,” he said. Dozens of firefighters contained the flames and chemicals within two hours. Dozens more employees from Synergy and neighboring companies milled around outside. Synergy officials and building management declined to comment on what happened inside. There was a noticeable acrid odor in the air that left a bitter taste in the mouth and that prompted at least one neighboring business to send its employees home early. “We have an inspector here,” Kuklinski said. “They’re going to determine what happened and if there is any type of code violations.”

At the beginning of the summer, three panhandlers were fingered for allegedly stabbing a 23-year-old woman to death in broad daylight at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue . And there have been near-riots, other stabbings and at least one fatal shooting throughout the last year. The latest attack took the life of a 23-year-old man over the weekend, cops say: Cops responding to a report of a fight in the heart of clubland, at Hollywood Boulevard and Whitley Avenue, found the victim down and suffering from stab wounds, LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph told the Weekly. The report came in about 2:30 a.m., not long after the bars closed Saturday night / Sunday morning, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead, Joseph said. Cops had no suspects in custody and no description of the bad guy, he said. The death comes after a rough 12 months for crime in the heart of the Hollywood tourist district. On Labor Day weekend three people were stabbed, one fatally, in the area. In July teens rampaged down the boulevard. On June 18 the 23-year-old woman was fatally stabbed. In January a patron of the Empire Club was fatally shot outside the venue.

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West Hollywood on Monday bannedcommercial displays and performances involving wild and exotic animals, including kangaroos, giraffes and bears. Armadillos, civets and badgers are also among the more than two dozen animals in the ban that activists applauded as “compassionate and forward-thinking.” More than a dozen people discussed the measure before the West Hollywood City Council on Monday night. One woman held up a bullhook used to prod elephants while speaking in favor of the ban. After the vote, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement, saying West Hollywood had sent “a clear message” that the city welcomes entertainment — “but not at the expense of animals’ well-being.” It’s the latest step regarding animal rights for a city that has already banned the sale of apparel made of fur and that recognizes pet owners as “guardians.” The ordinance, initiated by council members Jeffrey Prang and John Duran, is “intended to protect wild and exotic animals from cruel and inhumane treatment,” according to city documents. Circus acts, carnival performances, trade shows and parades involving animals on the list are included under the ban, as would any event requiring wild animals to do tricks, fight or perform “for the entertainment, amusement or benefit of an audience,” the ordinance states. The ban does not include the display of wild or exotic animals for educational purposes or to groups of 20 or fewer people. A small audience, the documents state, would limit “the potential risk or danger to the public.” The ban also does not apply to film productions with permits because the American Humane Assn. monitors animal welfare in productions. In a letter to Prang, Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International, applauded the ordinance and thanked the city for considering it. “We fully support creative entertainment using human performers, but this should not include the use of animals,” Creamer wrote. In 1989, the council passed a resolution declaring West Hollywood to be a “cruelty-free zone for animals” and banned cosmetic testing on animals and the use of steel leg-hold traps.

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