Target: Oscar Luciani, Mayor of Luján, Argentina
Goal: Close an exotic animal zoo that allegedly drugs its animals daily to allow visitors to interact with them
The Luján Zoo in Luján, Argentina, has faced much criticism for appearing to drug lions, tigers and bears on a daily basis so visitors can interact with them. Not only is forcing these wild animals to spend their lives in a disoriented, lethargic state to make a profit cruel and unacceptable, allowing visitors to interact with these animals is also extremely dangerous.
Numerous pictures of the Luján Zoo are posted online showing visitors posing beside lions, tigers, and bears. Some visitors can even be seen riding on the backs of lions and tigers or laying their heads on lions’ backs. In addition to their unnatural passivity the animals appear dazed, their eyes unfocused, and they seem barely able to stand or lift their heads– clear indicators that they are not in their natural state. Countless tourists have claimed that the animals appear too sleepy and lethargic. Others have claimed that the animals appear so out of touch with their surroundings that trainers must splash water on the animals’ faces or dangle meat in front of them just to get their attention. These reports have led to accusations that zoo keepers heartlessly drug the animals with barbiturates, forcing them to spend every day in a lethargic stupor so they can make a profit.
Zoo management is also putting the public in extreme danger. Wild animals are highly unpredictable and may spontaneously snap back to their wild nature and attack unsuspecting tourists. Though it is not the fault of the animal for acting on its natural instincts to hunt or protect itself, if an animal were to attack a human they would almost certainly be blamed and killed. Urge local government officials to intervene and close the zoo immediately, both for the sake of the suffering animals and the safety of zoo visitors.
Dear Mayor Luciani,
I am strongly opposed to the cruel treatment of the animals and blatant disregard for the safety of visitors at the Luján Zoo in your city. Zoo staff have been accused of drugging their animals regularly so visitors can interact with them. Not only are these actions cruel and intolerable, allowing visitors to interact with wild animals like lions, tigers, and bears is also extremely dangerous.
Countless pictures of tourists posing beside dazed and lethargic lions, tigers, and bears at the Luján Zoo can be found online. Some pictures even show people riding on the backs of tigers or laying their heads on lions. The animals appear dazed and unfocused, and many seem barely able to even stand or lift their heads.
Numerous tourist reports of lethargic and unresponsive animals have lead to accusations that zoo keepers are drugging the poor creatures. Not only is this cruel and intolerable, it also puts visitors in jeopardy. Wild animals are unpredictable and at any time may act on their natural instincts to hunt or protect themselves. I urge you to consider the safety of visitors as well as the terrible suffering of the animals, and close the Luján Zoo without delay.
[Your Name Here]
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