Target: Mariano Rajoy Brey, Prime Minister of Spain
Goal: Punish abusive circus owners who starved an innocent lion cub.
After stealing a lion cub away from its mother, circus owners starved it for several months, according to reports. Sadly, they are accused of wanting to keep the lion "small and cute" so people would pay to have their pictures taken with it. Demand that these cruel circus owners be severely punished for their alleged mistreatment of an innocent animal.
While at the circus, the lion was only given bread and yogurt. Eventually, the lion was found and rescued. However, it had to have surgery so its esophagus could be enlarged. Before undergoing surgery, veterinarians said that the lion should have already been given solid food months ago. As a result of the circus owners’ inhumane treatment, the lion will never be able to thrive in its natural environment. Zookeepers will also have to continuously cut up his food to make sure he is able to safely swallow it.
Despite checking many reputable news sources, the names of the owners who acted in this deplorable manner have proved difficult to find. Sign this petition to demand that Spain’s government publicly shame the people who starved this innocent animal and that these abusive circus owners are given the harshest sentence possible under law. No animal deserves to be starved so people can put up pictures on their mantles.
Dear Prime Minister Brey,
A lion cub in Spain was stolen from its mother and starved for many months. Circus owners admitted they did this in order to keep the lion “small and cute” so people would pay to have their pictures taken with it.
Since he was only fed bread and yogurt at the circus, the lion’s esophagus quickly shrank. In fact, surgery was needed to widen it. The veterinarians who performed the surgery said the lion should have started getting solid food months beforehand.
As a result of the circus owners’ abusive tactics, the lion will never be able to live in the wild. Instead, he will require constant care and medical attention for the rest of his life. Furthermore, his food will now always have to be cut up to ensure he does not choke.
Several news articles only refer to the people who starved this lion cub as “circus owners.” These people deserve to be publicly humiliated for their heartless, abusive treatment toward this animal. In addition, justice will not be served unless they are given the harshest sentence possible for their grotesque crime. For these reasons, I urge you to publicly shame the owners of this circus and to demand they are given the maximum punishment under law. No animal deserves to be starved for human entertainment purposes.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Tambako The Jaguar via Flickr