LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Zoo has joined the city’s “LA For All” anti-hate public service campaign, displaying multicolored banners with hate crime information throughout its entrance, its restaurants and retail areas, the Los Angeles Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department announced today.
“Our gateways are open to every Angeleno, connecting them to nature and the vital role we all play in species conservation,” said Los Angeles Zoo Director and CEO Denise Verret. ‘The Los Angeles Zoo is committed to increasing our accessibility and inclusiveness to foster a safe and welcoming environment for all.’
The zoo is LA Civil Rights’ largest partner for the campaign, which launched in 2021 and has run more than 4,200 ads in 18 languages across the LA area. The campaign encourages people who see or experience a hate crime or hate incident to report it to the Los Angeles Police Department or an LA County Crisis Care Coordinator by calling 2-1-1 or 3- 1-1 for hate incidents. Crimes in progress should be reported to 9-1-1.
‘We are thrilled to welcome the LA Zoo to the LA For All campaign, and especially grateful to Zoo Director Denise Verret for creating an inclusive, safe and world-class environment for people and animals ,” THE Executive Director of Civil Rights said Capri Maddox. ‘The LA Zoo sees nearly two million annual visitors of all ages, languages and backgrounds – they should all know that LA is for everyone. ”
Along with the zoo, the campaign has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Metro and dozens of other public and private sector organizations, according to LA Civil Rights.
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