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Los Angeles, CA ??" Wednesday, May 23, 2007 ??" Ed Boks, General Manager, Los Angeles Animal Services, will speak with Town Hall Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Angelenos will have the opportunity to ask Boks about his goal to make Los Angeles the first major metropolis with a ???No Kill policy.


Since April 2006, Los Angeles Animal Services has taken in more than 46,000 cats and dogs. With regard to the California Healthy Pet Bill (AB 1634), Boks said, ???Mahatma Gandhi told us that the best way to evaluate the morality of a community is to look at how we treat our animals. Our City Council has risen to the occasion again by accepting our collective responsibility for a tenacious problem.???


Since January 2006, Boks has been serving as General Manager for Los Angeles Animal Services. Prior to his current position, he was Executive Director of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and New York City Animal Care and Control, the two largest animal care and control programs in the country.


Lisa Specht, Town Hall Los Angeles Board Member, and Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, hosts the event. Specht???s expertise involves land use entitlements, and related transportation and environmental issues. Manatt provides legal and consulting services to a global client base from offices in cities including Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC.


Animal rights are a recurring theme at Town Hall. In 1971, Chester Hogan, Director of the Los Angeles Zoo, delivered the address ???But Don???t Feed the Animals. Last year, Carter Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of the World Wildlife Fund, delivered the speech ???Our Country???s Greatest Test: Confronting the Threat of Resource Depletion.???


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