Target: Javiera Blanco, Chilean Minister of Justice
Goal: Investigate and prosecute zoo for needlessly shooting and killing two of its lions.
When a man broke into a zoo’s lion enclosure to reportedly incite the animals to attack him, security shot and killed the two lions dead. The incident occurred at Santiago’s Metropolitan Zoo in Chile, where visitors watched an apparently suicidal man strip naked and force his way into the lions’ cage. Media reports detail that the lions initially ignored the intrusion, but later attacked the man after he reportedly taunted them.
Zoo staff initially fired tranquilizer darts but then decided to shoot and kill the lions with live ammunition. Witnesses have said that security personnel were slow to react. It is reported that staff could have interfered earlier as it took the man some time to enter the enclosure and the lions did not initially attack him. Moreover, security is clearly lacking at the facility, considering a visitor was able to easily enter the animals’ enclosure.
These animals did not deserve to die because the zoo was unsafe and ill-equipped. Clearly, keeping animals captive and forcing interactions with humans threatens visitors’ safety as well as the animals’ welfare and lives. Sign this petition urging authorities to properly investigate this matter as well as move towards a ban on keeping animals in captivity, in order for no more visitors or animals to be harmed in zoos.
Dear Ms. Blanco,
A man was severely injured when he reportedly stripped naked and broke into a lion enclosure at the Santiago Metropolitan Zoo. While the man is apparently recovering from his injuries, two resident lions needlessly lost their lives in the incident. Rather than stop the man’s intrusion earlier or tranquilize the animals, zoo staff shot and killed the lions.
Clearly, security is lacking at this facility. Moreover, keeping wild animals in captivity is not only cruel, but also dangerous for both the animals and zoo visitors. We demand this matter is properly investigated and that a ban on keeping animals captive is also instated, to prevent future injuries to animals and humans.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Zoohistorian