Tigers Found in Maggot-Infested Cages – Demand Punishment

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.


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Photo credit: Keven Law

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  1. Carolyn Taylor says:

    Wow. Way to go you assholes.

  2. Tracy Joseph says:

    Totally unacceptable!!!! If punishments for these types of crimes were harsher and not just a slap on the wrist, more care would be taken with animals.

  3. Mary Smith says:

    Being “shipped” from one zoo to another zoo. A death sentence in
    of itself. Poor tiger cubs. They will
    never know a real life in the wild.
    They are now caged and captive until
    their premature deaths. Tragic. So very

  4. No Up or Down signs, no labels on a box so small hard to believe animals even in it, NOTHING, nothing to say this box should be handled carefully. Treating animals like commodities, inanimate goods…no wait, even vases have “fragile” stickers. And sent into conflict, into turbulent war torn Syria…?? Never mind possibly asking for the tigers back, this “animal trafficking” Ukrainian zoo should be investigated and brought up on charges, those responsible terminated…and the other recipient zoo investigated too. OH yes.

  5. DAMN GODDESS – the most precious is destroyed (mother earth)
    The worst shit (human) remains – WHY

  6. Victor Marak says:

    Just who are the people running this fucked up show? Please investigate and bring them to trial for this kind of negligence. This world is becoming more and more cruel, dark and evil by the hour. What is wrong with you Satan, and you cowards all greedy for money? Why wont you let humans and animals live in peace? Waiting for Jesus to come and destroy your reign? You bet he will!! Good people are there too, so the fight is not yet over.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️??

  8. Debra Ciolli says:

    First of ALL, what the HELL is a ZOO or Tigers doing in SYRIA?? That’s just like the sTORY We barely saw on a news channel a couple of years ago, where a POOR TIGER had LITERALLY gone through a roof, a TILE ROOF IN INDIA trying to OBVIOUSLY..Escape, in the MIDDLE OF INDIA!! Now Truly doesn’t take a ROCKET SCIENTIST to fugure out there were only a FEW OPTIONS For “WHAT” they were DOING with that TIGER & God only knows what OTHER ANIMALS they had in there..& DOING WHAT WITH THEM..IN INDIA..either for PARTS, & Now I hear another SICK DISGUSTING “USE” For tigers is they MAKE “BONE WINE??”..Jesus! THERE ARE SICK, GREEDY, DISGUSTING, DEMENTED, POS Who’ll Literally DO ANYTHING, cause as MUCH PAIN & SUFFERING & CRUELTY & TORTURE ANYTHING FOR MONEY! They later showed that POOR CAT Cornered in a CITY STREET, & I Guarantee that was the END OF THAT POOR Defenseless, Helpless ANIMAL, BEING, Who ALMOST GOT AWAY, but unfortunately ALMOST ONLY COUNTS IN HORSESHOES?? APPARENTLY?? It sure didn’t SAVE the LIFE of that TIGER, & Again, TIGERS IN SYRIA?? ZOOS IN Other WAR ZONES, & Extremely DIRT POOR & IMPOVRISHED PLACES, where they CANNOT TAKE & FEED THEIR OWN PEOPLE< Yet they HAVE ZOOS & Again, ANYTHING FOR MONEY, & AT COSTS< or pain & Suffering, like the CHINESE YULIN DOG MEAT FESTIVAL Where they get a lot of their DOGS they Torture & KILL, & COOK, & Many of them are STOLEN PETS..But hey, again, ANYTHING FOR MONEY..HOPE THEY ALL HAVE A REALLY..SPECIAL..HELL< that lasts a LOT LONGER, moves a LOT SLOWER< & BURNS A LOT..HOTTER!As I PRAY They ALL GET THE SAME who Cause ALL THE PAIN & SUFFERING of ALL BEINGS..ALL LIVES matter..Well, except for those who DO these BARBARIC, SADISTIC CRIMES & ACTS..& they'll Never stop..Until THEY ARE STOPPED..OR DIE.

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