In Los Angeles, that opportunity for a child raised in an urban environment to enjoy an inexpensive ride on a pony may soon end if an animal extremist group has its way. On December 13, 2021, the Los Angeles Times reported that the animal extremist group Los Angeles Alliance for Animals (LAAA) had accused the city of ignoring animal welfare laws at the Griffith Park Pony Rides and Petting Zoo.
Pony Rides in Griffith Park – A Los Angeles Tradition Since 1948
Griffith Park, with over 4,210 acres, is one of the largest municipal parks with urban wilderness areas in the U.S.
Located within Griffith Park is the Los Angeles Zoo, the Autry Museum of the American West, the Griffith Observatory and of course, the Hollywood Sign. It is one of the most famous municipal parks in the country. On the southeast corner of Griffith Park, stands Griffith Park Pony Rides and Petting Zoo.
This hidden gem has been enriching the lives of children since 1948, teaching children from all walks of life about horses, ponies and animals in general.