Target: Andrés Waldemar Volmar Méndez, Secretary of the Municipalities Department of Recreation and Sports
Goal: Give former zoo curator the maximum legal sentence if he is found guilty of neglecting and abusing animals.
Healthy animals were reportedly abused at the Puerto Rico Zoo as an apparent result of the former curator’s actions. Demand Luis Figueroa be given the maximum legal sentence if he is found guilty of such crimes.
Healthy lion cubs were apparently euthanized. Zookeepers were then reportedly told to dispose of carcasses in the trash. Several other animals were also said to be euthanized, and another lion allegedly had to be euthanized after it was found to be too skinny and suspected of having to endure pain with no treatment as a result of cancer. A rhinoceros was further reported to have died of neglect after it was suggested by a USDA inspector that the animal also likely had cancer. Just as bad, some animals were allegedly found to be living in small enclosures without either food or water. Many zookeepers and animal activists apparently expressed concern to the media over how these animals were being treated. Reportedly, as a result, former curator Luis Figueroa immediately resigned.
Although it is likely for the best that the zoo is now managed by the city, Figueroa needs to be given the maximum punishment under law if he is found guilty of these horrific actions. Demand he be thoroughly investigated and given a harsh legal sentence if it is found he committed these thoughtless crimes.
Dear Secretary Méndez,
As you know, General Curator Luis E. Figueroa resigned after he was accused of abusing and neglecting animals at the Puerto Rico Zoo. It is important that he be punished to the fullest extent of the law if he is found guilty of such actions.
Reports of abuse include lion cubs being euthanized, another lion having to be euthanized after allegedly having to endure cancer pain without treatment, as well as a rhinoceros being neglected after it was suspected that the animal also had cancer. Additionally, it was said that other animals were found to be living in enclosures that were too small, and further that many of them had gone long periods of time without being given food or water.
While it is likely good news that the zoo is now being run by city officials, Figueroa needs to be given the maximum legal sentence if he is found guilty of these horrible atrocities, in an effort to ensure that more animals do not suffer such neglect and abuse in the future. We therefore urge you to carefully investigate this case and to do everything possible to ensure Figueroa spends the maximum time in prison if he is found guilty of these actions. Animals deserve to have to best possible care, not to be neglected and abused by the humans they trust.
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