Justice for Jaguar Killed While Escaping Cruel Olympic Ceremony


Target: Micele Temer, President of Brazil

Goal: Ban the use of all wild animals in public ceremonies to prevent needless deaths.

A jaguar was shot to death after he tried to escape confinement at a public ceremony. The jaguar, known as Juma, was displayed next to the Olympic torch for entertainment purposes. Demand justice for this near-threatened animal.

Photos show Juma lying on the ground next to the Olympic torch, restrained by heavy chains. His presence at the ceremonial lighting of the torch was meant to be quiet and peaceful. However, Juma escaped from his handler and ran towards a nearby zoo. Tranquilizer darts were used, but did not stop Juma from lunging at a soldier. He was shot with a pistol and killed.

Brazil’s environmental protection agency, IBAMA, did not authorize Juma’s presence at the public ceremony. He was used regardless. Sign below and demand an immediate ban on the use of wild animals in public ceremonies.


Dear President Temer,

A jaguar was killed after escaping from his confinement at an Olympic torch ceremony. IBAMA did not authorize his presence at the public event. We demand the immediate ban on the use of all wild animals in public ceremonies.

Photos show Juma lying next to the Olympic torch, confined by heavy chains. Shortly after, he escaped from his handler and ran. Tranquilizer darts agitated Juma, causing him to attack a soldier. He was then shot and killed with a pistol.

Jaguars are a near-threatened species in need of our protection. Exposing them to highly stressful public events only puts them at further risk. We demand the immediate ban on the use of wild animals in public ceremonies.


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Photo Credit: Alexandre Henry Alves

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  1. Eugene W Sengstake Jr says:

    “PEOPLE” are the problem. Let’s face it folks – a lot more could be said about this particular incident – about everything that happens in the world – but when it comes right down to it – we the people are responsible – either directly or indirectly. “We” are way too many – 6 billion and counting too many. The “law” will not exact justice for this innocent cat’s death. Really – what can you do about stupid people that do stupid things??? Or greedy people that intentionally do things we all know are not right? History essentially proves that things are not changing – we are still on a course of self destruction and the extinction of life in general on earth. This is only a small example of what can be expected down the line – – –

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