Target: Davit Usupashvili, Speaker of the House in Georgia (country)
Goal: Propose improved legislation regarding the safety and handling of zoo animals during natural disasters.
Massive flooding in the country of Georgia caused many animals at the Tbilisi zoo to escape, including a tiger who attacked and killed a man before the tiger was shot to death by police.
In the end, nearly half of the escaped zoo animals drowned in the floods or were later shot by police. Mindia Janelidze, Secretary of Georgia’s Crisis Management Council, put the blame on the administration of the zoo for mistaking whether or not all the escaped animals had been detained.
Now, people around the world are criticizing the government’s handling of the animals during these deadly floods. Some animal rights activists attest that some of the animals did not need to be shot.
Urge Davit Usupashvili, Speaker of the House in Georgia, to propose legislation that would ensure that this kind of horrific tragedy never happens again by creating a better protocol for dealing with animals like this beautiful tiger in a natural disaster.
Dear Davit Usupashvili,
Many animals at the Tbilisi zoo drowned or were murdered during the deadly floods that recently swept your nation. A beautiful tiger took the life of a man and then the life of the tiger was later taken.
These animals did not have to die because the zoo and the government didn’t have a better plan for a way to handle them. Not only were the lives of these animals effected, but human lives were effected as well. I urge you to propose legislation that would ensure a better handling of the lives and welfare of animals during natural disasters so these saddening incidents do not happen again.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Keith Roper