Release Animals from Inhumane Zoos


Target: Environment Minister of Costa Rica, Rene Castro

Goal: Close down two zoos in Costa Rica, and release the animals into better homes

The Costa Rican government is known for its dedication to the environment and wildlife of the country. Recently, the Costa Rican government has made movements to close two zoos within country boarders; the animals residing within the zoos would either be released into the wild, set free on nature reserves or brought to rehabilitative rescue centers. While this is a conscious decision, the government has received a lot of backlash from zoo organizations; zoos are a business, and businesses are often reluctant to shut any doors. The Costa Rican government should be allowed to shut down zoos for conservational and humane purposes.

Four percent of all species worldwide- 500,000 diverse species- reside in Costa Rica’s protected areas; these protected areas make up 25 percent of Costa Rica’s land mass. The Costa Rican government is on a mission to no longer keep wild animals in cages; instead, it is advocating that wild animals be kept in cage-less botanical parks, where people can interact with them in a natural way. If the government gets its way, there will no longer be any caged wild animals except in order to rescue or save them.

However, the two zoos that the Costa Rican government is trying to shut down, Simon Bolivar Zoo Conservation Center and the Conservation Center of Santa Ana, are fighting back. The businesses claim that the government is contractually obligated to continue funding the zoo, and the deadline to halt such funding was missed by one day. Though this setback will be challenging, the Costa Rican government is noble in its quest to convert these cage-filled operations into a botanical garden and nature reserve.

Stand behind the Costa Rican government: urge that all zoos within the country be converted into nature reserves and bills be passed that will no longer allow businesses to keep wild animals in captivity. Let the government know that you stand behind its noble efforts.


Dear Rene Castro,

I am writing to extend my support for Costa Rica shutting down zoo operations in order to convert them into botanical gardens or nature reserves. Costa Rica’s vision is noble and humane: the country should ban the use of cages for wild animals, and instead allow people to interact with the animals in a natural way.

Your government’s efforts to convert zoos and un-cage animals has received a lot of backlash. Zoos are businesses and they do not want to lose revenue any more than the next business; this is no reason for the operations to continue. Even though the Costa Rican government missed its deadline by one day to discontinue zoo funding, I urge your operation and the government to continue advocating for the release of caged zoo animals.

Please use my signature, and all others that this petition generates, to strongly present your case of converting zoos into humane and natural environments. Know that many people support your efforts, and thank you.


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  1. ALL zoos are inhumane!

  2. I extend my support to shut down zoos and un-cage all animals.

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