Shut Down Allegedly Abusive Sloth Sanctuary

Target: Rene Castro Salazar, Costa Rican Minister of Environment

Goal: Close the sloth sanctuary accused of abusive treatment.

A sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica has been accused of neglecting and mistreating the animals in their care, leading to the deaths of some. Sloths naturally live solitary lives, yet the groups of sloths at this facility are reportedly kept crammed into small cages, leading to fights, stress, and deformities. They were also allegedly given an improper diet, leading to malnutrition and disease. This sanctuary needs to be closed down and the animals transferred elsewhere.

Sloths are fascinating creatures, living up to 40 years and spending the vast majority of that time high up in the treetops of Central and South America. They’ve been around almost since the dinosaurs roamed the Earth, so their bodies are very well adapted to their lifestyle. Their digestive system and metabolic rates are uniquely adapted to survive off of leaves, an item they weren’t served at the sanctuary. Though the sloth sanctuary claims to try to rehabilitate its animals, out of the 725 sloths they’ve taken in, reportedly only a measly 41 have been released back into the wild.

Sign this petition to shut down this house of sloth horrors.


Dear Mr. Salazar,

The Sloth Sanctuary has been accused of abusing its many sloths. They’re allegedly kept in tiny cages with several cagemates, even though they are solitary creatures. The babies are reportedly not fed often enough, leading to extreme discomfort. Even the adults, however, are apparently fed the wrong diet. In the wild sloths eat mainly leaves, and as a result of that their stomachs have adapted over millennia to digest those leaves. The sanctuary reportedly feeds them fruits and vegetables instead of the leaves they’re so specially adapted to.

The mistreatment of the sloths would be bad enough if they were being re-released back into the wild as they’re supposed to, but frequently they’re not. Reportedly, only around 5% of them have been re-released. This means they could spend decades living in deplorable conditions. Please take action to shut down this alleged sanctuary and relocate the animals to somewhere that will take good care of them.


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  1. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

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  2. Please listen to their side of the story! The Sloth Sanctuary does so much good for sloths. Please read my blog article:

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