Justice for 21 Animals Who Died at Baton Rouge Zoo


Target: Phyllis K. Fong, USDA Inspector General

Goal: Conduct a thorough investigation into the 21 animals that lost their lives at the Baton Rouge Zoo.

Twenty-one animals died at the Baton Rouge Zoo this past year, the most recent being three monkeys reportedly attacked by two domestic dogs that broke in, killing two and injuring the third so badly it had to be euthanized. The zoo itself is in bad condition, according to visitor Kerregan Layne. “Instead of seeing healthy, happy animals, people go in and see empty exhibits, animals who look depressed, and overgrown sidewalks.” The deaths of those 21 animals is just the icing on the bitter, burnt cake.

There is no word as to how this happened; many point the blame at the animals’ caretakers. Currently, there has been no proper investigation of the zoo nor any clear answer as to how the animals lost their lives aside from reports of the dog attack. When investigated, the zoo was reportedly found blameless and the case was brushed aside.

We need to find the truth behind these tragedies and ensure there are no more. Animals in zoos are just as vulnerable and priceless as our pets and wild animals, they deserve to be treated with dignity and loving care and given happy, high-quality environments to live in. The deaths of these 21 animals need not be in vain. Sign this petition to demand the USDA conduct a proper investigation of these deaths and ensure that the zoo’s owners and caretakers take stronger precautions against such things in the future.


Dear Ms. Fong,

Twenty-one animals died at the Baton Rouge Zoo this year, a horrifyingly large number. There is no word as to how these deaths happened and there has yet to be a proper investigation of the zoo. We must find the truth behind the deaths of those animals and if there is criminal neglect occurring, the caretakers must be disciplined and made to clean up their act immediately. The conditions of the zoo are reportedly appalling as well, and should be improved upon as soon as possible.

Please conduct a thorough investigation of these 21 deaths as well as the Baton Rouge Zoo itself. These poor animals did not deserve to die; we must ensure that their loss will not be in vain. Please help us save the remaining animals at the Baton Rouge Zoo from the same fates.


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  1. Kelly Kirwin says:

    21 unexplained animal deaths? empty cages and overgrown sidewalks? this zoo needs to be shut down immediately.

  2. Cheryl A High says:

    Overgrown sidewalks seems to of least concern here…custodial care of the animals seems to be the issue…

  3. Cheryl A High says:

    Seems to be,sorry for typo

  4. Please investigate the Baton Rouge Zoo and ensure that they follow protocols to protect and provide proper care for their animals.

  5. There needs to be stricter, harsher laws in place that ensure that All Animals are being well cared for, that means Cages are Cleaned EVERYDAY, All Animals are to be fed according to the Species of Wildlife, and that Food be Available at all times!! That All Animals Recieve Medical Care, Provide Proper Shelter for All Animals!! All Animals Have a n ADEQUATE SPACE TO WALK AROUND IN, NOT A CRAMPED SPACE, WOULD YOU LIVE LIKE THIS!!! ANIMALS ARE NEVER TO BE MISHANDLED, ABUSED, AT ANY TIME, OR WITHELD ANY FOOD!!! THESE ARE LIVING, BREATHING ANIMALS, AND THRY SH I ULD NEVER BE ON DISPLAY JUST FOR PEOPLE TO LOOK AT, THEY SHOULDNT BE FOR OUR ENJOYMENT, BUT TO LIVE OUT THEIR OWN LIVES IN THEIR OWN NATURAL HABITATS, IR BE PLACED IN AN ACCREDITED SANCTUARY! !! THANK YOU! !!

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