by: Care2 Team
target: Government of South Africa
15,185 SUPPORTERS – 16,000 GOAL
Even in some of the most secure animal refuges, tragedy and cruelty can still strike. South African Justin Fernandes found that out in the most heartbreaking way.
The owner of Jugomaro Predator Park went out to investigate after hearing one of his wolves call out in distress. When he went to the animal enclosures he couldn’t believe what he saw before him. Behind the fences, lying dead or dying, he found three of his lions and a rare golden tabby tiger.
The animals were poisoned to death by poachers who had hoped to cut off their heads and paws and sell them for money in the lucrative endangered animal black market. Fernandes arrived just in time to scare them from his property, but not quick enough to stop them from murdering his animals.
In the video he takes of the aftermath, Fernandes films himself breaking down as he talks about the death of his beloved animals.
At the moment, no one has been arrested for these crimes, but the South African government must work quickly to catch whoever is responsible. Every day they walk free gives them another chance to more innocent animals. Last month, just 20 miles away from the Jugomaro Predator Park, another park owner suffered a similar loss when he discovered that his animals had been killed and butchered.
Sign the petition and ask the South African government to work to urgently find the poachers and protect the remaining park animals.
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