Target: Eduardo Tabares, Director of Montevideo Zoo
Goal: Commend zoo for giving up its cramped big cats to wildlife sanctuaries
The Montevideo Zoo in Uruguay recently surrendered its big cats to a United States sanctuary. A male and female Bengal tiger and two jaguars were surrendered due to a lack of money and space resulting in the inability to give the cats adequate living enclosures. Animal welfare and conservation organization Animals Without Homes helped the zoo to find better environments for the cats.
The zoo kept each 400 pound tiger in a 5 by 6 meter concrete cage, with no climbing or bathing areas. In comparison, the cage was only as long as three times the length of an average Bengal tiger. The plaque next to the window states that tigers love to swim on hot days, yet there wasn’t even a small water hole. The jaguars lived in similarly cramped conditions, with no room to exercise or climb.
The zoo itself is squeezed into a central location in the capital of Uruguay. With no room to grow, it was impossible to create larger enclosures for the animals. A 600,000 dollar plan to expand the cat enclosures was rejected by city officials due to lack of funds and space. The management made the compassionate choice to move the cats to a sanctuary where they would have far better living conditions.
The cats will now be transferred to conservatories within the United States as they are not fit to be returned to nature. Here, they will have ample fresh air, sunlight, and room to roam and climb. They will be rehabilitated to a more healthy and mobile state.
Large endangered cats should not be captive in zoo displays. Each animal has a fundamental right to life, liberty, and comfort. Your signature will thank the Montevideo Zoo for their compassion in relinquishing their cats to qualified caregivers.
Dear Eduardo Tabares, Director of Montevideo Zoo,
Recently, zoo management has made the decision to give up two tigers and two jaguars. The cats were kept in concrete enclosures not large enough for them to move comfortably. After pairing up with Animals Without Homes, the animals were placed with two United States animal sanctuaries.
At these wildlife conservatories, the cats will have room to run and climb, which will contribute greatly to their health and well-being. Fresh air, natural sunlight, and dirt under their paws are simple pleasures that these animals have previously been robbed of.
I commend you for considering the well being of the cats and making the compassionate decision to surrender them to sanctuaries. Thank you for releasing the animals to a place where they may begin to enjoy their existence.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Sujut Kumar via Wikimedia Commons