Target: Volodymyr Topchiy, Director of Mykolaev Zoo
Goal: Punish person responsible for the oversight that led to three tiger cubs being trapped in a maggot-infested shipping box for days on end.
Three tiger cubs destined for a Syrian zoo were recently rescued by Lebanese officials. The tigers were found in a cage too small for them to stand up or move around in, which was left in an airport for nearly a week before being found. During transport from a Ukrainian zoo, the tigers were apparently lost due to a “transport error,” though they were found in an unmarked crate that did not indicate the presence of live animals.
The Siberian tiger cubs were forced to urinate and defecate all over each other during this period, and their crate was infested with maggots when they were found. These maggots were found all over the back thighs and anal areas of the animals as well. The cubs were severely dehydrated and in need of medical care. According to rights group Animals Lebanon, the mixup with the animals’ travel route was ‘unacceptable’ and could have resulted in death.
This treatment of such a rare and important animal is shocking. It seems that the zoo sending the animals failed to make any indication that the shipment contained live animals, possibly in an effort to save shipping costs. Sign the petition below to demand that the person responsible for this oversight is terminated from their job for inflicting such suffering on these cubs.
Dear Mr. Topchiy,
Three tiger cubs were recently rescued from a maggot-infested crate after being left in a Beirut airport for nearly a week. The tigers were crammed into a cage so small that they could barely move, which was then put into an unmarked crate. They were forced to urinate and defecate all over themselves, and were found with maggots living in their thigh and anal regions. The animals were severely dehydrated, and had they not been rescued, could have died.
It is currently suspected that the entire ordeal transpired due to a “transport error.” However, it is unlikely that this would have happened had the crate been properly marked with “live animals.” This oversight was incredibly cruel and potentially deadly. We, the undersigned, demand an investigation into this incident and that the person responsible be fired immediately.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Keven Law