Target: Riadh Mouakhar, Environment Minister of Tunisia
Goal: Order the construction of better barriers to protect Belvedere Zoo’s animals from attacks by visitors.
A crocodile was brutally stoned to death by visitors at the Belvedere Zoo, located in Tunis’ Belvedere Park. Sadly, this attack does not appear to be an isolated incident. According to Amor Ennaifer, one of the zoo’s veterinarians, visitors often throw rocks and litter at the animals, especially the lions and hippos.
The zoo is hiring three additional security guards in response to this attack. While this is a step in the right direction, the zoo is still desperately understaffed, and this slight increase in security will do little to prevent animals from being attacked with projectiles. Ask the zoo to consider installing more effective barriers around its most targeted animals’ enclosures to protect these captive animals from malicious visitors.
Dear Honorable Riadh Mouakhar,
Like so many people around the world, I was shocked and horrified to learn of the death of a crocodile by stoning at the Belvedere Zoo in Tunis. This animal’s death was an extreme act of cruelty, and I hope that Tunis law enforcement is doing everything it can to identify and rightfully punish the individuals responsible. However, I also believe that the zoo must take responsibility to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future.
In response to ongoing complaints about litter and rocks being thrown at animals, I strongly urge the Belvedere Zoo to implement better barriers around its most commonly targeted enclosures. Mesh netting or similar barriers would likely prevent visitors from throwing larger, more dangerous objects, like the rocks that killed the crocodile. Please consider making these changes for the safety of the animals in the zoo’s care.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Municipalité de la ville de Tunis