Target: Brian A. Jackson, Chief Judge U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
Goal: Convict and punish abusers of 50-year female chimpanzee allegedly suffering in solitary confinement.
Local and federal officials allege that Candy, a 50-year-old female chimpanzee, has been suffering in solitary confinement and abusive conditions for more than 40 years at Dixie Landin’ amusement park in Baton Rouge, La. Chimpanzees, like people, are social animals. They need to be around others of their kind to thrive.
Candy began her life appearing in stage acts with other chimps and interacting with human visitors. Sadly, that life ended more than 10 years ago. According to the Animal League Defense Fund (ALDF), Candy now spends her days in a bare metal cage with no toys or other stimulation, no other chimps to interact with, and no nesting materials. She passes her days rocking back and forth in frustration and boredom, note many chimp experts.
Officials at both local and federal levels have cited Dixie Landin’ for violating animal protection laws. Despite that, the ALDF staffers claim no improvement and indicate that the park fails to provide Candy with necessary veterinary services and enrichment activities. They further indicate that the barrier between Candy and the viewing public is insufficient and allows visitors to torment Candy by tossing items such as used cigarette butts into her cage. ALDF also notes that Candy’s food is stored in a room filled with garbage and given to her in containers that could actually cause her injury.
Tell the U.S. District Court hearing this case to rescue Candy and convict and punish her abusive captors.
Dear Judge Jackson,
The Animal League Defense Fund has entered a case in your court on behalf of Baton Rouge animal advocates and a 50-year old female chimpanzee. Expert evidence and citations at local and federal levels indicate that Candy has been abused and kept in solitary confinement for more than 40 years.
As social animals, chimpanzees need to interact with others of their kind in order to thrive. Evidence indicates that the decades in solitary have damaged Candy who now spends her days rocking back and forth out of frustration and boredom. Her keepers have been cited for violating animal protection laws, yet according to ALDF, have refused to provide Candy with companionship or other stimulation, veterinary services, or safe and nutritious food.
We demand the court hear this case expediently, provide Candy with all that she needs, and punish her captors to the fullest extent of the law.
[Your Name Here]
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