The Last Elephant Of Bararida Park Has Died

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  The zoo was called “Gira”  at  Bararida park  in Barquisimeto is now abandoned… Green areas are no longer green. Several attempts to save these animals have been ignored and everyday there are fewer animals.

 

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Sign Petition: These Popular Companies Support a Zoo That Abuses Animals

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If you go to the webpage for the Austin Zoo, you’ll see pictures of bear cubs playing, a tiger playing with a ball in the water and an emu seemingly smiling into the camera. Anyone not in the know might think that the zoo — which has been “helping animals” since 1990 — is a great place for animals to call home. But a recent article about the facility has shone a new light on what goes on behind the bars and enclosures and the suffering their “beloved” animals endure when no one’s looking.

Tales of unethical treatment have long been whispered by zoo employees but it wasn’t until a few animal deaths that workers there finally said they had enough. In an article in the Austin American-Statesman, nearly 24 current and former staff members told reporters that the zoo had, on several occasions, opted to let sick and dying animals suffer.

In one such case, Babs — the zoo’s 33-year-old black bear suddenly fell so ill that she was unable to move. When vets were unable to assist her, zoo officials hid her inside a tarp-lined kennel. Employees tell of having to give her water with a hose and dangling hot dogs from a string to encourage her to eat — she wouldn’t.

Over a six-week period, Babs was allowed to lie in her own waste, often used as a feeding ground for rats that would crawl on her to fight for the scraps in her enclosure.

In another case, in 2010, when Annie, one of the zoo’s patas monkeys, went blind, they decided to separate her for her own good. Alone, she languished for nearly 10 years, suffering a rattlesnake bite and several strokes that progressively rendered her paralyzed. Zoo officials then let her wither away for a decade until she finally died in her caretaker’s arms.

This is not normal procedure and it shows why this zoo is not accredited and their mission of “helping animals” is suspect.

While keeping animals in captivity is already a form of suffering, allowing them to literally suffer goes beyond anything acceptable in animal care.

On its webpage, the Austin Zoo boasts that they have several high profile supporters including multibillion-dollar companies like Marriott, Lowe’s and Whole Foods. One can only imagine that these companies support the zoo because they take them at their word, that they are “helping animals.” But now that these allegations of serious animal abuse and neglect have come to light, Care2 is asking if they really want to continue to give their money to an organization that is not on the up and up.

That’s why we are asking for Marriott, Lowe’s and Whole Foods to cut ties immediately with the Austin Zoo to send a message that this type of treatment towards animals is not OK.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/105/646/005/

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Appeal Dismissal of Groundbreaking Lawsuit for Abused Horse

Straight from the Horse's Heart

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Lawsuit Argues Animals Have the Right to Sue Their Abusers in Court

A photo from March 2017 shows Justice, an American Quarter Horse, in Cornelius emaciated from months of little food or shelter. His owner was later convicted of animal neglect and now the horse is being represented in a lawsuit against the ex-guardian seeking damages for pain and suffering. (Animal Legal Defense Fund)

Hillsboro, Oregon – On January 22nd the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, appealed an Oregon state court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a horse named Justice against his abuser. Justice’s lawsuit seeks to recover the costs of his ongoing medical care and his pain and suffering caused by the abuse.

 Washington County Circuit Court Judge John Knowles dismissed the lawsuit in September 2018, holding that a non-human animal lacks legal standing to sue on his…

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50 Seals Will Be Removed From The Primorksy Region Of Russia To Be Put In China Zoos – Sea Voice News

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The Veterinary Department of Primorsky Region has issued permits for the company ‘Primorksy Dolphinarium’ to export 50 seals to Chinese Tianjin for the purpose of “maintenance.”

As first reported by the non-profit organization Friends of the Ocean whom received information that the vetenarian service has agreed to export permits. The exporter is LLC Primorsky Dolphinarium.

According to current legislation of the Russian Federation, the extraction of living marine mammals is possible for only research, education, and cultural and education purposes.

The extraction of aquatic biological resources for the purpose of “maintenance, in zoos, aquariums and other cultural organizations is carried out only for cultural and educational purposes. However, the use of aquatic biological resources, obtained for cultural and educational purposes, has the right only to a person who has been granted the right to extract or catch such aquatic biological resources, and only using property located in the territory of the Russian Federation. The right to use aquatic bioresources obtained for cultural and educational purposes is not provided by law to other persons.

Environmentalist are set to apply to the supervisory authorities with a request to verify the legitimacy of the issuance of permits.

China has become infamous for the poor conditions, quality and care to animals leading to even more concern for the future of the mammals.

http://seavoicenews.com/2019/01/21/50-seals-will-be-removed-from-the-primorksy-region-of-russia-to-be-put-in-china-zoos/

Breaking! Animal Cruelty Lawsuit Filed Against The Farmers Inn Roadside Zoo In Pennsylvania – World Animal News

By WAN –

January 16, 2019

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit against The Farmers Inn, a roadside zoo in Sigel, Pennsylvania, for maintaining animals in squalid conditions in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and state animal cruelty laws.Many endangered species, along with other animals, are held in grossly deficient conditions at Farmers Inn. These include Queen Louise, a ring-tailed lemur, who despite belonging to a highly social species, is kept alone in a small, filthy cage. Other ESA-protected animals were also found to be confined in cramped cages. These include Russell, a black leopard; Jack and Jill, two black bears; a gray wolf and a hyacinth macaw.

“These animals, including endangered species, are being held in conditions that are not just abhorrent but illegal,” Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells said in a statement. “State and federal animal protection laws exist so that animals won’t be forced to live in these conditions. The animals held at Farmers Inn deserve to be in naturalistic sanctuary environments that allow them to engage in activities natural to their species and necessary for their health.”

Visitors have reported seeing animals at Farmers Inn who are sick and injured. For example, the bears, Jack and Jill, were seen in what appeared to be heat distress on a day where the temperature exceeded 90 degrees. A kinkajou, a small rainforest mammal, was noticed with an injured eye. An emaciated goat, significantly stressed guinea pigs, and foxes suffering from apparently untreated mange were also observed.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund previously sent a 60-day notice of intent to sue, a requirement under the ESA. The organization has also offered assistance in transferring the animals held at Farmers Inn to reputable sanctuaries where their unique needs can be met, and they can thrive. Farmers Inn has thus far not responded to the offer.
As previously reported by WAN, sadly, the problems at Farmers Inn are not unique. Roadside zoos such as Farmers Inn continue to be able to operate due to lack of enforcement of state and federal animal protection laws.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-animal-cruelty-lawsuit-filed-against-the-farmers-inn-roadside-zoo-in-pennsylvania/

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Sign Petition: Cami the Beloved Giraffe Just Became the Third Giraffe to Die at This Zoo in a Month

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO Tom Stalf

78,245 SUPPORTERS – 80,000 GOAL

Giraffes at the Columbus Zoo are dropping like flies. On December 8th, Cami a beloved female giraffe was the third to die in just 30 days, all due to birth-related problems.

The other giraffe deaths included a newborn calf who died just weeks after it had been born and one of Cami’s own calves. When Cami’s caretakers noticed her calf was due to come out hooves first, the staff decided to perform a C-section on her but, according to reports, the calf was born with serious congenital defects and it died shortly after delivery.

Four days after her C-section, Cami herself became ill, and on December 8th, she collapsed and died shortly after.

Cami and the other two giraffes are victims of the Columbus Zoo’s breeding program. Like many other zoos, the Columbus zoo breeds certain animals like giraffes not to help their dwindling populations, but to refill their stock and bring extra cash to the zoo’s coffers. All of us know that baby animals are cute, and zoos often experience booms when famous or “big ticket” animals have young. They are a surefire way to get a quick cash injection.

If the zoo really has the best interest of their animals in mind, they should stop their misguided program. Breeding has already resulted in the loss of three beautiful giraffes.

Tell the Columbus Zoo to do the right thing. Sign the petition and tell them to end their giraffe breeding program today.

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Sign Petition: This Elephant Is So Skinny We’ve Named Her Bones — And She Needs Your Help

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo

4,089 SUPPORTERS – 10,000 GOAL

South of Bangkok, hugging the Gulf of Thailand, is the province of Samut Prakan — home to the capital’s international airport, the ancient city of Muang Boran and sadly the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo. It is here that elephants are forced to perform daily to almost non-existent crowds. One of them, a female who is so skinny and malnourished we’ve nicknamed her “Bones.”

Bones caught the eye of the world when a video of her performing tricks to an empty stadium went public. First, she balances herself on two wooden tables before walking slowly over to another area where she precariously walks a “tightrope” made of two steel bars.

A wooden table nor metal rods should be able to withstand the weight of such an enormous animal, but Bones is so skinny the trick is much more easy to perform. In fact, if you look in the video, you can see her spine, pelvic bone and shoulders protruding from her skin. It’s a heartbreaking sight. And to think that she probably does this each and every day.

When confronted, a park spokesman assured that all of the park’s elephants were “good.” But one look at poor Bones and you know that isn’t the truth. She and the other elephants must be rescued from this park and given a new life in a proper elephant sanctuary. Asking anything less is to allow them to continue to suffer.

Please sign the petition and demand that the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo give Bones and the other elephants to a reputable sanctuary.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/294/962/840/

 

One Of The World’s Most Critically Endangered Species, A Snow Leopard, Was Killed After Escaping His Enclosure At The Dudley Zoo In The UK – World Animal News

One Of The World’s Most Critically Endangered Species, A Snow Leopard, Was Killed After Escaping His Enclosure At The Dudley Zoo In The UK
By Lauren Lewis –
December 3, 2018

It is beyond comprehension that one of the last remaining critically endangered species, a snow leopard, was shot dead last week at The Dudley Zoo in West Midlands, UK.
Was there a dangerous escape by the snow leopard? Was the zoo open? Were members of the public on the premises? The answer to the above is an resounding, No!
The fact is that the eight-year-old snow leopard, named Margaash, simply wandered out of his enclosure where he resided after a zookeeper left the door open. It wasn’t the snow leopards fault.
Despite the snow leopard remaining on the premises which was closed at the time and void of visitors, it was somehow decided by zoo staff to kill the animal because, as the zoo claims, “public safety is of uppermost importance.” What about the protection of the animal forced to live in captivity?
Why would the zoo choose to euthanize a critically endangered species instead of tranquilizing it?
Outraged animal advocates are now demanding a thorough investigation of the tragic event that sadly occurred on October 23rd but was not announced by the zoo until November 30th.
“While this is a sad incident that is undoubtedly very distressing to those who cared for Margaash, it brings into sharp focus, once again, that zoos simply cannot guarantee the safety of people and their animals,” Dr. Chris Draper, Born Free’s Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity, said in a statement. “It is perhaps all the more tragic when you consider that Margaash was destined to live and die in captivity, far removed from his natural range and habitat.”
The nonprofit organization addressed that “there will be those who claim that zoos contribute to conservation,” which may, or most-likely may not, be accurate.
Wild Animals Do Not Belong In Confinement Nor Should They Ever Be Used For Profit To Satisfy Human Greed!
Regardless, continued Dr. Draper, “The life and death of a snow leopard at Dudley Zoo should serve to remind us just how we are failing wild animals, both in captivity and in nature.”
In the wild, snow leopards are generally solitary and secretive cats inhabiting mountainous areas of Central Asia, where males have an average home range of 77 square miles: completely incompatible with life in captivity.
According to Defenders of Wildlife, only an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 snow leopards are remaining in the wild, with 600 to 700 held captive at zoos around the world.
Born Free is not only calling for an urgent investigation into this incident, it is advocating for the system of licensing and inspection of zoos to be reviewed and overhauled to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.

https://worldanimalnews.com/one-of-the-worlds-most-critically-endangered-species-a-snow-leopard-was-killed-after-escaping-his-enclosure-at-the-dudley-zoo-in-the-uk/

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Petition · California Fish And Wildlife : To have Stanley the Giraffe and the other animals removed from Malibu Wine Safari. · Change.org

To have Stanley the Giraffe and the other animals removed from Malibu Wine Safari.
Christy Lee Ewing started this petition to California fish and wildlife and 1 other

Problem

Malibu Safari was in the evacuation zone of the areas effected by the Woolsey Fires in California. Malibu Safari is responsible for the lives of close to 100 animals. Including Sanley the Giraffe, a zebra, water buffalo, horses, etc. When advised to evacuate their property, they chose not to evacuate the animals. When rescue groups went out to offer help, they refused the help. When rescue groups went out to check on the animals, most of the property had been destroyed by the fires. Images were taken of the fires still burning right next to the animals. It has been confirmed that there are animals unaccounted for. Animals who most likely parished due to their negligence. It was confirmed on Sunday. November, 11th, that the property was still burning and the animals are still at risk.

Solution

We are asking that these animals be removed from the property immediately, to a safer location. We are also asking that an investigation be put into action as to whether Malibu Safari should be allowed to keep these animals or any animal In their care. They do not have the animals In their best interest. The animals deserve to live in a safe haven where the people responsible for them will ensure their safety at ALL TIMES.

Personal story

My name is Christy Lee, Vice President of Protect Animals Worldwide. As a non profit organization we take great pride in ensuring the safety and welfare of our animal friends and work diligently in partnership with many other organizations across the world.

https://www.change.org/p/california-fish-and-wildlife-to-have-stanley-the-giraffe-and-the-other-animals-removed-from-malibu-wine-safari-fb949c32-1643-4bb5-b7b9-116e1fd96924?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13882716&grid_position=2&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAHOe0wAAAAAAW%2FygATXhk0Y5NWMzZjQyMQ%3D%3D

 

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Petition: This Zoo’s Dangerous Wild Animal Encounter Program Must End — One Small Child’s Already Been Hurt

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This Zoo’s Dangerous Wild Animal Encounter Program Must End — One Small Child’s Already Been Hurt

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Potawatomi Zoo

3,363 SUPPORTERS – 10,000 GOAL

Earlier this month, a mother and son went to the zoo to see some wild animals, but they never could have expected exactly how wild their encounter would be.

It all happened when a group of children went to celebrate a birthday party at a zoo in Indiana. The Potawatomi Zoo has an “ambassador animal” program which they believe gives their guests a unique opportunity to get up close and personal to some of their collection. For a hefty fee, you and your party can “invite” a wild animal to your event at the zoo.

That’s how Copper a wild African serval cat ended up in the unnatural situation of being used as a prop for a “meet-and-greet” at a child’s birthday party. Surrounded by screaming children, under bright indoor lights is never a situation a serval would find itself in the wild. When one of the mothers knelt down with her child to get a close up with the cat, Copper decided he had had enough and struck out, swiping the boy with his paw and biting him on the head.

In the video, one could hear gasps and screams as the mother pulls her child away from the cat.

Zoos should know better than almost anyone that wild animals shouldn’t be forced to interact with people, especially children. Doing so puts both the animal and the child at risk. The child, in this case, was lucky, but it could have been much worse. For example, there is no vaccine for rabies for wild cats, the only way to know if a cat like Copper had rabies would be to put him down and test him. If the child’s mother was worried about her son catching rabies, the authorities would have to kill Copper. Risking his life, just so the zoo could make a little extra cash.

A spokesperson for the zoo says that Copper has now been taken out of the program for the time being. But he never should have been forced to participate in it in the first place. No wild animal is completely safe, especially around children.

The Potawatomi Zoo must stop endangering their pets and their public with this misguided program. Sign the petition and demand that they stop using wild animals in their ambassador animals program.more

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Petition · End Happy The Elephant’s 10 Years of Solitary Confinement · Change.org

Joann Burrows started this petition to Director of the Bronx Zoo James J. Breheny and 1 other

The Bronx Zoo has been given the shameful title of the 5th worst zoo for elephants in the country. The New York Times calls Happy the Bronx Zoo’s loneliest elephant. That’s because this highly intelligent and social being is one of the only zoo elephants in the entire United States who is being held alone. And it looks like her living conditions won’t change anytime soon unless we do something about it.

I am asking you, my fellow animal lovers, to encourage the Bronx Zoo Director James J. Breheny to release Happy to a sanctuary where she can be in a more natural setting and live the rest of her life in peace.

New standards regarding the keeping of elephants were recently passed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the accrediting organization for American wildlife institutions. Among their recommendations was that elephants be held in groups of three or more, as they are highly social creatures. Now, zoos around the country are scrambling to comply with the regulations by AZA’s 2016 deadline. Yet, the Bronx Zoo seems steadfast in its opinion that Happy is “happy” with her solitary life. This goes against all scientific data about elephant behavior.

Happy and 6 other elephant calves were captured in the wild from Thailand and brought to the States in 1977. For 25 years, she and her companion, Grumpy, were kept as a pair in the Bronx Zoo. When Grumpy passed away, she was paired with Sammy, who sadly died in 2006. It was then that the zoo decided to end its elephant program, but it didn’t relocate the elephants it currently had.

For 10 years, Happy has been in a sort of solitary confinement, unable to truly interact with the other elephants held at the zoo. This is a social being like a monkey or a dolphin. Elephants thrive in the company of their own kind, where they form multi-generational family groups that remain loyal to one another for life, and the elders pass wisdom down to the younger ones to help them navigate their world.

Happy is likely not at all happy. She has endured a decade of loneliness and deserves the chance to be with others of her kind in a sanctuary. Please join me in telling the Bronx Zoo to release Happy to a sanctuary and let her really have a chance at happiness.

https://www.change.org/p/end-happy-the-elephant-s-10-years-of-solitary-confinement?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13640461&grid_position=3&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAJx7OgAAAAAAW9ThXTdp6jxiN2U5MmQ0Yg%3D%3D

“This Elephant Spent 30 Years Neglected By A Zoo – Until Activists Stepped Up To Set Him Free” Published October 10 2018

Depressed Himeko has lived 24 YEARS ALONE, forced by bullhook to perform daily tricks, Japan

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Depressed Himeko has lived 24 YEARS ALONE, forced by bullhook to perform daily tricks, Japan
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Himeko the elephant was brought to the Himeji Zoo in 1994. She has been imprisoned there since, totally alone: for 24 long, lonely years. During “business hours” at this noisy zoo and amusement park, Himeko faces away from visitors and copes with her stress by bobbing and swaying non stop. She also bangs her tail repeatedly against the steel door of her pen.

The rest of the time she is trapped in a tiny, dark concrete indoor cell—with no food or water readily available—for 18 hours a day.

Each day, Himeko is forced to “perform” for the crowds. Trainers enter her outdoor enclosure and intimidate her with painful, sharp bullhooks. They force Himeko to do tricks, like walk around in a circle and kneel down to have her head brushed with a broom.

Veteran elephant biologist Dr. Keith Lindsay visited Himeko at the zoo in 2017. After seeing her living conditions firsthand, he labelled it “substandard and unacceptable.”

This is an undeserved punishment for an animal that is naturally highly intelligent and social. Elephants live up to 60-70 years, and are exceptionally social animals who have families and friends. They grieve their dead.

But Himeko still has a chance at a better life: experiencing soft soil on her feet, companionship and enrichment to occupy her very intelligent mind. The Elephants in Japan campaign is working with top elephant experts and organizations to help Himeko and other solitary elephants in Japan. BUT we need your help! Please sign and share this petition demanding change for Himeko.

The more voices we can add to this cause, the more power we have to approach our targets and demand change. In Japan, this is pushing for the government and other relevant authorities to develop legislation that sets higher standards of captive elephant housing and care, including prohibiting the keeping of highly social animals, like elephants, in social isolation.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/487/573/289/depressed-himeko-has-lived-24-years-alone-forced-by-bullhook-to-perform-daily-tricks/

Thank you for your help to save Himeko!

Petition- Save Elephants Cora and Tembo From Horrible Topeka Zoo!

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Animal advocates are mourning another tragic loss for captive elephants with the death of Sunda, a 58-year-old Asian elephant who died at the Topeka Zoo this week – but they’re also not giving up on the two surviving elephants there who should be immediately moved to an accredited sanctuary given the zoo’s inability to properly care for them.

Sunda’s passing marks the second elephant death in less than two years at the Topeka Zoo, following the death of Shannon last December. She was only 35-years-old, but the zoo left her unsupervised for at least 10 hours knowing she was chronically ill and needed monitoring, and that inexcusable negligence cost Shannon much unnecessary suffering and, most likely, her life.

Sadly, these heartbreaking deaths are part of much bigger problems at this zoo. In Defense of Animals (IDA) noted that the Topeka Zoo has been cited numerous times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Not only has the zoo proven it’s unable to properly care for its elephants, many of the health problems they are suffering are likely also made worse by a cold climate in Kansas, which isn’t appropriate for them.

The ongoing mistreatment of its elephants earned the Topeka Zoo the shameful distinction of being named the ‘worst zoo’ last year on IDA’s annual list of the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America.

While it’s too late to save Shannon and Sunda, there are still two survivors there who need our help – Asian elephants Cora and Tembo.

In the wake of this most recent loss, IDA and their advocates are calling on the Topeka Zoo to do the right thing by closing its elephant exhibit and retiring Cora and Tembo to an accredited sanctuary where they can finally get the care they need – and where they’ll be able to live out their days in a far more appropriate environment in a suitable climate.

Please sign and share this petition urging the Topeka Zoo to act immediately to secure a sanctuary retirement for Cora and Tembo before it’s too late.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/529/336/449/topeka-zoo-send-your-surviving-elephants-to-a-sanctuary-before-its-too-late/?TAP=1732&utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=14f17ead09-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_07_COPY_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-14f17ead09-106049477

Animals Continue to Die at Islamabad Zoo Due to Negligence of Zoo Administration

by: A Sleem
recipient: Prime Minister Imran Khan

106,300 SUPPORTERS – 110,000 GOAL

Earlier this month another tragedy took place in Islamabad Zoo. A wolf got into the deer enclosure and attacked the herd, killing 5 and leaving 1 with very serious injuries. Read more here: https://www.dawn.com/news/1424290/wolf-kills-five-deer-in-marghazar-zoos-f-8-enclosure

A passerby noticed the attack and reported this matter to the police. It’s been confirmed by a chief metropolitan officer that, at the time this took place, a security guard who was supposed to be securing the enclosure was not at his post. Another staff member shot and killed the wolf.

While an inquiry is being done, the security guard has been suspended for negligence.

However this is not a solution for the BIGGER PROBLEM HERE.

• The fencing around the deer enclosure is not properly secured. It allowed a wild animal to enter.

• Visitors report animals look lethargic, with untreated injuries. They are also weaving back and forth, which is a term called “zoochosis,” a mental illness.

• Media have been reporting for over a decade on the negligence and cruelty by zoo administration and that animal deaths have become routine a thing!

• Zoo lacks proper facilities for the animals (safety issues for animals & visitors)

• No wild life expert

• All exhibits are unnatural with no enrichment and never updated to a more natural environment. They are kept filthy, with little to no water

• For years, visitors, media and activists campaigned on the treatment of an endangered Asian elephant named Kaavan. His mahout made the elephant beg to earn tips from visitors by selling his food to the public to feed him. Kaavan was kept in chains for hours standing in an empty cement pool. In the past, activists who spoke up for Kaavan, saying that he suffered from isolation and mental illness, were physically beaten by zoo employees.

• In 2012, at a very young age, a 20-year-old female elephant named Saheli passed away due to animal cruelty and neglect. The mahout would offer elephant rides and photographs with Saheli to paying customers she was continuously chained. (This is the same mahout who was in charge of Kaavan)

• Zoo administration have tried to ban media from the zoo

• Hundreds of birds, zebras, ostrich, nilgai and urials have died due to cruelty or lack of awareness by employees

• The zoo now keeps a pair of lions apart, after reports revealed that cubs were bred and that 2 sets of cubs had all died due to improper care from staff

• Last month, a critically endangered Himalayan bear died who lived in complete misery isolated & neglected

The administration control of Islamabad zoo was changed in (2016) from Capital Development Authority (CDA) to Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI). For over a decade CDA have released statements to the media stating there will be an upgrade to Islamabad zoo to international standards and better care for animals, and now MCI is singing that same tune. There have been no improvements to Islamabad zoo just more animals have died and they keep bringing in more animals.

Proper attention was not given by former government to the management of zoos. These are sensitive animals and their needs are not being met. These unnecessary deaths and cruelty issues are ongoing.

Please sign this petition!

There’s a New Prime Minister in Pakistan Imran Khan and he brings a positive message #NayaPakistan ( english translation ; New Pakistan). Laws are needed to be established for animals in captivity and how zoos should be managed with his attention on this pressing matter he can make this happen.

  • Team Kaavan /Animal Welfare Worldwide

Denise Coenraadts, Diana Munoz, Carey Ostrer, Anika Sleem, Umm E. Kulsoom, Umer Inam

#TeamKaavan #IslamabadZoo #CaptivityKills #AnimalWelfareWorldWide #Pakistan #AnimalRights #Islamabad

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Petition: Lonely Fuko has been trapped ALONE FOR 10 YEARS. Please help her have a better life!, Japan

by: Elephants in Japan, Zoocheck
recipient: Nagano Chasuyama Zoo, JAZA, Minister of Environment, Mayor of Nagano and prefecture council, Japan

552 SUPPORTERS in Japan
111,606 SUPPORTERS – 120,000 GOAL

Fuko the elephant has been alone for 10 years—after losing her companion Dumbo in 2008. For 25 years, Fuko and Dumbo spent every waking moment together in the same enclosure. At least back then, they had each other.

Now Fuko is forced to spend most of her days trapped alone in a tiny, featureless concrete cell at Nagano Chasuyama Zoo in Japan. To cope with her loneliness, she tries to interact with zoo visitors by following them and reaching out to them with her trunk.

Totally alone, bored and lonely, Fuko has found another disturbing way to cope: EVERY DAY, HUNDREDS OF TIMES A DAY, Fuko paces in a routine repetitive pattern, over and over and over in her tiny indoor enclosure. #1: She backs up to the far left wall of her cell #2: Walks to the far right side #3: Walks to the front right corner #4: Walks to the front left corner, and touches her trunk to the bars of her cell. Watch the actual video footage, HERE.

Fuko’s repetitive pacing is an abnormal stereotypical behavior that is often seen in captive wild animals kept in substandard enclosures. They are often associated with boredom, anxiety, frustration and depression—and they mean that Fuko’s biological, behavioural and social needs are not being met.

Solitary confinement is an undeserved punishment for an animal that is naturally highly intelligent and social. Elephants live up to 60-70 years, and are exceptionally social animals who have families and friends. They grieve their dead.

But finally Fuko’s plight has come to light! Fuko still has a chance at a better life: experiencing soft soil on her feet, companionship and enrichment to occupy her very intelligent mind. The Elephants in Japan campaign is working with top elephant experts and organizations to help Fuko and other solitary elephants in Japan. BUT we need your help! Please sign and share this petition demanding change for Fuko!

The more voices we can add to this cause, the more power we have to approach our targets and demand change. In Japan, this is pushing for the government and other relevant authorities to develop legislation that sets higher standards of captive elephant housing and care, including prohibiting the keeping of highly social animals, like elephants, in social isolation.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP TO SAVE FUKO!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/121/758/390/lonely-fuko-has-been-trapped-alone-for-10-years.-please-help-her-have-a-better-life/?TAP=1724

 

Victory! Buffalo Zoo Is Closing Its Elephant Exhibit

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Animal advocates are celebrating another victory for captive elephants with news that the Buffalo Zoo in New York is finally closing its exhibit.

The zoo announced this week that its two Asian elephants, 36-year-old Jothi and 35-year-old Supara, will be headed to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans this fall, where they’ll be able to enjoy a far more appropriate climate away from Buffalo’s frigid winters.

The news is being welcomed by In Defense of Animals (IDA), which has featured the Buffalo Zoo on its annual list of the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants five times over the past ten years, and recently requested both elephants’ most recent medical records from the Buffalo Zoo and the City of Buffalo.

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Not only have these two elephants been forced to endure lives in small, barren enclosures, the winters there leave trapped inside for months where they’re kept on hard surfaces, which are known to cause pain, illness and premature deaths.

Video footage taken of them shows them swaying, or exhibiting stereotypic behaviors of elephants that are known to be stressed and unhappy.

“We are delighted that Buffalo Zoo will let Jothi and Supara thaw out in a more suitable climate. In Defense of Animals has actively and arduously worked to free these elephants from their decrepit, unsuitable zoo conditions for over a decade. This is a positive move for Jothi and Supara, but we will continue our work to get them to an accredited elephant sanctuary where they can live as elephants instead of as exhibits. One less miserably freezing zoo exhibit for tropical elephants is a cause for great celebration,” said Dr. Toni Frohoff, elephant scientist for IDA.

The news also comes just days after IDA called on all zoos to release their elephants to sanctuaries for World Elephant Day over concerns about their welfare.

While the industry continues to claim keeping elephants in captivity supports education and conservation, and gives people an opportunity to see them up close, it’s caused immense suffering to both individuals, and to those in the wild by taking more to keep its supply.

Captivity may help if elephants were ever going to be returned to the wild, but that isn’t part of the Species Survival Plan for elephants in U.S. zoos, or the goal elsewhere.

Now, however, there’s one less zoo keeping them, and once Jothi and Supara head south, the Bronx Zoo will be the last zoo in the state to keep Asian elephants in captivity, which has also made multiple appearances on the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants list.

“Buffalo Zoo has made a positive move for these animals and brought New York a step closer to being free of elephant abuse. Three other Asian elephants are still suffering in New York’s freezing winter climate at the Bronx Zoo, especially Happy the elephant who is kept in tortuous solitary confinement. We call on the Bronx Zoo to have compassion and release the elephants to a sanctuary where they can retire in peace,” said Dr. Marilyn Kroplick, President of IDA.

https://www.care2.com/causes/victory-buffalo-zoo-is-closing-its-elephant-exhibit.html

Photo credit: Derek Gee-Buffalo News/IDA

Petition: 119 Animals Have Died at Buenos Aires EcoPark

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

68,449 SUPPORTERS – 70,000 GOAL
When the Buenos Aires Zoo shut its doors in 2016, the majority of the city’s residents said “good riddance.” The zoo had been widely panned by both the public at large and city officials for being cruel and “degrading” to the animals it held in captivity. The zoo, located in a busy intersection, caused the animals undue stress and housed them in less than par enclosures.

So when the mayor announced that he would close the park and turn it into an EcoPark there were signs of hope. The EcoPark would hold fewer animals with better enclosures and care, as well as serve as a refuge for rescued animals.

But these grandiose dreams have all but disappeared. The new EcoPark has a dismal record and animal activists now wonder if anything has changed at all.

Last month, two of the parks iconic animals succumbed to tragically avoidable deaths. 18-year-old Jackie the giraffe had colic and a perforated ulcer. Ruth, a rare white rhino, died of a plethora of infections. Unfortunately, their deaths aren’t unusual. Since the zoo closed two years ago, more than a hundred have died, and more than 20 have escaped.

Animal activists, including the zoo’s former director, thinks animals continue to die because of gross negligence.

The promise of an Ecopark where animals can live better and freer seems to be one that Buenos Aires has yet to keep. And if that’s the case the entire enterprise should be shut down and the animals should go to a real sanctuary where they will have the best life possible.

Please sign the petition and tell Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta that it’s time to shut down this animal house of horrors. Tell him to close EcoPark.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/936/470/821/

Photo credit: Leonora Enking / Flickr

 

Petition: This Zoogoer Caused the Death of a Rare Giraffe! Demand Justice

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by: Care2 Team
target: Polícia de Segurança Pública

107,790 SUPPORTERS – 110,000 GOAL

Many people are unaware that the giraffe is in danger. According to a 2016 survey, there are less than 100,000 of the animals in the wild and over the last generation, almost 40% of the species has been lost. Many have called their slow disappearance, the “silent extinction.”

One of the rarer subspecies is the Angolan giraffe which is numbered at around 13,000. Until recently, there were 20 of these endangered giraffes in captivity, now there is one less.

Last week, an inconsiderate and irresponsible zoogoer caused the death of a famous Angolan giraffe when they lured the giraffe into a ditch that separates its enclosure from the public.

Despite there being a sign asking visitors not to feed the animals right next to the enclosure, the zoogoer offered the animal food and it fell into the ditch where it died.

What makes the news even worse, is that the 11-year-old giraffe gave birth late last year, and while her calf is eating on its own, it still was very much dependent on its mother.

Police have identified the visitor in question but as of yet, he has not been charged. That is not acceptable. This person should be held accountable for causing the death of one of these rare and beautiful creatures.

Please sign the petition and ask the Polícia de Segurança Pública, the Portuguese police force, to charge the culprit and make sure justice is served in the name of the giraffe.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/589/581/480/?z00m=30567743&redirectID=2688432975

 

Petition: Govani the Lion Ate His Own Tail From Stress on the Road – Ban Traveling Circuses Now

by: Fabio G
target: European Commission

56,040 SUPPORTERS – 60,000 GOAL

Up until recently, Govani the lion lived in a rusty cage just 2×2 meters big as part of a traveling circus. But confinement wasn’t his only source of suffering. Govani’s claws and fangs were removed, and he was so skinny, sick and so stressed that he ended up devouring his own tail.

Luckily, Govani has a new lease on life, thanks to the AAP (Animal Advocacy and Protection Association) who rescued him. Now, he can recover slowly in his new home: an open space with trees and swimming spots where he will become a healthy and happy lion again.

Unfortunately, in many European countries it’s still perfectly legal for traveling circuses to use wild animals in their shows. More than 1000 are still being exploited throughout the EU. These animals are treated in a cruel and degrading way, confined in small cages and mutilated to make them less dangerous.

Step by step, circuses with wild animals are being banned throughout Europe, but there is much still to be done. You can help the activists who are rescuing circus animals with a small gesture by signing this petition asking the European Commission to ban circuses with animals throughout the European Union.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/715/346/399/european-union-ban-circuses-with-wild-animals-now/

 

Petition: Justice for Sumomo, the chimpanzee shot dead in Malaysia

by: Malaysian Friends Of The Animals
target: Perhilitan, the Malaysian Wildlife Department

74,397 SUPPORTERS – 100,000 GOAL

In 2015, three chimpanzees were sent to the Bukit Gambang Safari Park (BGSP), a zoo in Malaysia. They were kept separated in bleak and desolate cages for more than two years.
The three chimps, Botan (17 y.o. female), Gonbay (29, Male) and Sumomo (19, Female) were kept in abusive conditions. Nothing was done by the wildlife authorities (Perhilitan) to stop their suffering.

In December 2017, they were transferred to a new zoo in Malaysia called the Langkawi Nature Park (LNP), which is owned by Sentoria Group Bhd, the same corporation that owns BGSP.

Before LNP was opened to the public, Sumomo escaped her night cage and was sadly shot dead by zoo security. Her tragic death came after years of being exploited in a Japanese TV show and abused at the zoos. No action has been taken to punish those responsible for her death.

Sign this petition to demand the Malaysian Wildlife Department:

  1. Punish Sentoria Group Bhd according to the wildlife law for keeping three chimps confined to cages for more than two years.
  2. Punish Sentoria for the death of Sumomo.

  3. Retire the two remaining chimpanzees to a sanctuary in Africa.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/494/738/371/?z00m=30571240&redirectID=2683095570

 

Petition · Save Ely, the Sick and Abused Elephant City Governor – Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa, You Can Save Her Life! · Change.org

Immediate Action To Be Taken On Behalf Of Ely An Abused And Neglected Elephant
OneProtest started this petition to Mexico City Governor Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa and 4 others

A total of 3 elephants have died at The San Juan de Aragon Zoo. Maggie, an Asian elephant being the latest. Maggie was euthanized after suffering from degenerative osteoarthritis. Ely could be next on the list of dead elephants at San Juan de Aragon Zoo if nothing is done to help her. It is important to note that every animal at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo is insured and upon the animal’s death the zoo receives compensation.

We are calling for the immediate and prompt surrender of Ely, a female African elephant that is being held at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo.

Ely is a former circus elephant who was bought by the Aragon Zoo. The Zoo proclaims they’re treating Ely better than the circus, yet upon her arrival in 2012, her health and well-being has continually deteriorated. Her enclosure is made of concrete floors causing joint pain and pales in comparison to the vast lands she would roam in the wild. Elephants in the wild travel 15 – 30 miles a day, and for Ely to achieve this she would have to walk the back and forth in her enclosure over 300 and times a day. Due to confinement and the unnatural environment, Ely is forced to live in; she exhibits stereotyping a neurological condition conducive to animals held in captivity.

Ely suffers from a broad spectrum of health issues, among those issues is a skin condition known as ulcerative dermatitis. The lack of shade in Ely’s enclosure has caused her to become severely sunburnt on top of her already damaged skin. The lack of care and treatment to these injuries has resulted in an infection that is most visible on her back.

We demand swift action be taken in regards to the treatment of Ely. We urge San Juan de Aragon Zoo to release Ely to a sanctuary that can provide her with the love and care; she so desperately needs and deserves.

https://www.change.org/p/save-ely-the-sick-and-abused-elephant-city-governor-miguel-angel-mancera-espinosa-you-can-save-her-life

 

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Petition: This Zoo Replaced Dead Animals With Animals Poached From the Wild

by: Care2 Team
target: Central Zoo Authority

1,387 SUPPORTERS – 10,000 GOAL
Last year, a zoo ranger at the Delhi Zoo in New Delhi, India noticed something strange. The number of monitor lizards at the zoo seemed to vary from day to day.

The animals were not, of course, playing tricks on him, but his supervisors were.

Turns out the lizards were dying at an alarming rate. From the original five, not even one survived but then, just like that, four more took their place. Zoo officials were replacing dead animals with new ones.

This story and a host of other horrors come out in a report that found that zoo officials at the Delhi Zoo tried to hide their extremely high animal mortality rate by replacing their dead animals with animals they poached from the wild. An inquiry conducted by authority found that zoo staff illegally captured monitor lizards, sand boa, rat snakes, tortoises and two small Indian civets.

Many people think of zoos and their staff as being dedicated to the education of the public on the importance of animals, but the Delhi Zoo staff were more with saving their own skin than saving the animals of our planet.

It’s time the Central Zoo Authority shut down this zoo and end their horrific cycle of poach, kill, replace and repeat. Sign the petition and tell officials to shut down the Delhi Zoo.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/809/006/126/

 

Sign Petition Demanding Closure Of Calgary Zoo Before Another Senior Wolf Is Killed To Make Room For Younger Ones – World Animal News

By Care2 –
March 27, 2018

While the law might state that animals are property, most animal lovers strongly disagree. No one would judge you for throwing away an old toy because you didn’t want it anymore, but most people would call their local animal protection agency if you tried to do the same thing to a pet.
But that is just what the Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada did last month. Kali, a grey wolf, was one of the most beloved animals in the zoo. So much, in fact, that last year the zoo used her in a campaign to promote an online survey to determine Canada’s greatest animal. After more than 10,000 people voted, Kali was declared the winner.
But even her beloved status couldn’t save her. Last month, the zoo put her down, simply because they wanted to make room for other, younger wolves.
Although Kali was a senior wolf, she was still very much alive and enjoying life. But because the zoo wanted to make more money with younger “cuter” pups, Kali had to go.
Zoos should not prioritize young animals just because they bring in more zoo-goers and they definitely shouldn’t put down a perfectly healthy animal.
If zoo officials wanted to make room for newer wolves, they should have given Kali to a sanctuary, where she could have lived the rest of her life in relative peace.
Don’t Support Captivity.
Please sign this Care2 petition urging Calgary officials to shut down the zoo http://worldanimalnews.com/sign-petition-demanding-closure-calgary-zoo-another-senior-wolf-killed-make-room-younger-ones/!

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petition: Sunny has lived 29 YEARS ALONE in a tiny cell: Help her before it’s too late

by: Elephants in Japan, Zoocheck
target: Nomi Ishikawa Zoo, JAZA, Minister of Environment Masaharu Nakagawa, Mayor of Ishikawa and city council

105,962 SUPPORTERS
110,000 GOAL

Sunny the elephant has been TOTALLY ALONE in a concrete prison for 29 years. When it’s cold and snowy, she is forced to spend most days locked in her tiny indoor cell at the Nomi Ishikawa Zoo in Japan.

With nothing else to do, Sunny tries desperately to cope with her boredom and loneliness—by exploring the walls with her trunk. The heartbreaking evidence: Dark marks all over the walls of her tiny cell—as far as her trunk can reach—from Sunny doing this over and over, alone, bored and trapped, day in and day out … for 29 years and counting.

It is cruel and unnatural to make Sunny spend her life in solitary confinement in such a tiny living space. It’s an undeserved punishment for an animal that is naturally highly intelligent and social. Elephants live up to 70 years, and are exceptionally social animals who have families and friends. They grieve their dead.

But finally Sunny’s plight has come to light! Sunny still has a chance at a better life: experiencing soft soil on her feet, companionship and enrichment to occupy her very intelligent mind. Elephants in Japan, together with wildlife organization Zoocheck are working to help Sunny and other captive solitary elephants in Japan. BUT we need your help! Please sign and share this petition demanding change for Sunny!

The more voices we can add to this cause, the more power we have to approach our targets and demand change. In Japan, this is pushing for the government and other relevant authorities to develop legislation that sets higher standards of captive elephant housing and care, including prohibiting the keeping of highly social animals, like elephants, in social isolation.

Thank you for your help to save Sunny!
Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/679/515/074/sunny-has-lived-29-years-totally-alone-in-a-tiny-concrete-cell-please-help-her-before-it-is-too-late/?TAP=1732

Activists see red over transfer of elephant calves to from Mysuru zoo Singapore – The New Indian Express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2018/feb/21/activists-see-red-over-transfer-of-elephant-calves-to-from-mysuru-zoo-singapore-1776523.html

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Activists see red over transfer of elephant calves to from Mysuru zoo Singapore – The New Indian Express
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BENGALURU/ MYSURU: The move to transfer four elephant calves from Mysuru zoo to Singapore zoo has drawn the ire of wildlife organisations and activists. They say any such activity is banned and illegal under the prevailing norms. The elephant calves are presently in Mysuru zoo waiting to be airlifted to Singapore as the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has not given permission. On January 25, these calves were handed over to the zoo where they have been kept captive for the last 27 days.

Questioning the exchange of calves, various members of the conservation community say, “This is an illegal procedure. Zoos are actually discouraged from keeping elephants …so how can they take four calves from a forest camp and export them as zoo animals? The calves brought from the Rampura Elephant Camp in Bandipur are not owned by Mysore zoo. When such is the case, how can the zoo transfer them to Singapore zoo? Selling elephants in the form of transfer/exchange/gift, etc., is banned and illegal.”

Mysuru zoo director C Ravi Shankar told Express, “We have applied for permission to CZA, but are yet to get it. We are adhering to all norms and as soon as we get permission, we will send them to Singapore.”
Prakash Saha, co-founder, Elsa Foundation, adds, “It violates the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. How can the Forest Department give young calves from their camp? They have forcefully separated the calves which have lived with their mother and other herd members in the camp. With this act, the protectors have made them orphans by allowing the calves to be sent to a cramped and commercial Singapore zoo which keeps animals for entertainment.”

The Elsa Foundation has submitted a representation to both the Forest Department and CZA. “We have requested them to immediately stop this transfer as it is in total violation of the laws and against the conservation of the species.” said Saha.Meanwhile, a senior forest official told Express that exchange programmes are going on regularly between zoos and if Singapore zoo is giving them rhinos, Mysuru zoo will have to give some animals in exchange. However, he added, “The Forest Department does not get involved in this unless it becomes an issue.”

Ex-PM’s INTERVENTION
In 2004-05, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had intervened and stopped the transfer of an elephant calf, Veda, from Bannerghatta to an unsuitable zoo in Armenia as a government gift. This action saved many elephants from such a distressing fate. Subsequently, in 2009, a ban was introduced by CZA on gifting elephants to zoos.

THE BAN ORDER
As per CZA notification, 2009, all elephants are banned from zoo collections throughout the country and all captive ones should be rehabilitated in elephant camps/rehabilitation camps/facilities available with the Forest Department at protected areas. Since the mega-herbivores are free-ranging animals, needing lot of space for their free movement over long distances, such a directive was passed.

 

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.Central zoo authority, Member secretary Dr.d.n Singh, Maneka gandhi, PMO: Stop the Illegal and Inhumane transfer of elephants to the zoo

Stop Zoo From Killing Healthy Animals

Nine healthy baby lions have been needlessly killed at a zoo in Sweden. Demand that this zoo change its cruel policy of putting animals down simply to save money or resources.

Source: Stop Zoo From Killing Healthy Animals

Save Elderly Lion From Slowly Starving to Death | Animal Petitions

A 17 year-old lion named Juboraj has spent much of his life in a cage with no companions as the Comilla Zoo’s star attraction. However, now that his health is in declined due to his advanced age, zoo officials have decided to move the lion out of public view and appear to be allowing him to languish and starve to death. The poor animals deserves for better treatment and we must demand that he be relocated at once. Concern zoo-goers first noticed the lion’s deteriorating condition in recent weeks, with photographs emerging showing his peotruding spine and hip bones.

https://animalpetitions.org/510855/dont-let-elderly-lion-slowly-starve-to-death/

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Stop Imprisoning Elephants at Zoo After Bong Su the Elephant Euthanized

Bong Su the elephant has tragically been euthanized because of his crippling arthritis, likely caused by years of endless pacing in his cramped zoo environment. This is yet another sign that zoos are no place for these intelligent and sensitive creatures. Sign this petition to call for the end of the inhumane exploitation of elephants in captivity and justice for Bong Su.

Source: Stop Imprisoning Elephants at Zoo After Bong Su the Elephant Euthanized