Urge Zoo Where Six Animals Were Killed to Check Security of Enclosures

Target: Dr. Kyle Burks, Vice President and Managing Director of Audubon Zoo and Park

Goal: Protect animal welfare by ensuring enclosures are safe and comfortable.

A jaguar recently escaped its enclosure at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and killed six other animals. The three-year-old jaguar that escaped, named Valero, attacked and killed four alpacas, an emu, and a fox. Valero had to be sedated by a team of veterinarians and returned to his secured area. Doctor Kyle Burks, the Vice President of the zoo, stated: “We care for these animals every day. We closed the zoo today to help our team mourn.”

No humans were injured during the incident. Valero the jaguar cannot be faulted for following his natural instinct to hunt, but the zoo can be held responsible for not providing secure enclosures and proper exercise and play time for the animals so that these incidents do not happen. Sign this petition to urge the zoo to protect animal welfare by ensuring enclosures are safe and comfortable.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Burks,

Valero’s escape from his enclosure caused the death of six other animals. It also put Valero in a stressful situation that required him to be sedated. No animal should have to be in these conditions. Your zoo is supposed to protect animals. Instead, several faced their death.

As the vice president of Audubon Zoo, the task of ensuring that animals are safe, secure, and comfortable falls on your shoulders. I urge you to protect the animals at your facility by ensuring that all enclosures are safe and comfortable.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Michael Winters

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8 Comments

  1. Derinda Nilsson says:

    Take care of your animals. A zoo is no place for animals. They are abused on a regular basis. A cage or a closed in area is not what these precious animals should be enduring everyday, not to mention the abuse. This jaguar I’m sure was and is abused, that’s part of the reason why it is so aggressive and angry. NO MORE ZOO’S. Wild animals belong in the natural habitat.

  2. Zoo’s, while generally thought of “safe places” for animals can also sometimes be hurtful if not done properly. Sad.

  3. Charla Ka says:

    It was an accident. This zoo is exceptional and the animals are in natural enclosure and extremely well cared for. The staff love these animals and they are heartbroken. Most Zoos in the US are essential in establishing breeding programs to keep certain breeds from going extinct and they are great teaching tools to show children how important it is to care for our wildlife. Before you condemn an award winning zoo maybe educate yourself. The zoo is doing everything it can to make sure it does not happen again. Just as your dog may find a way to escape your yard and you don’t know that a board is loose or they have been digging a hole until they escape, the Zoo had no idea the top of the cage had been compromised in some way.

  4. EVIDENTLY PROCEDURES ARE LAX OR NON-EXISTENT AND IN EITHER CASE MUST BE REEVALUATED NOW!!~ THIS SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED IT COULD HAVE COST ALL THE ANIMALS THEIR LIVES EVEN THE JAGUAR AND SOME HUMAN FATALITIES ALSO.

    RIP POOR ANIMALS THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE DIED AND I HOPE THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.

  5. close down all zoos they do nothing but harm aniamls and make them an much easier target for worthless assholes that in my option should be shot n killed on site for trespassing in a zoo with living creatures and killing 6 of them?i say we purge animal abusers

  6. You say this zoo have the animals in natural enclosures then go on to say the Zoo had no idea the top of the cage had been compromised just wondering is it a natural environment for a jaguar to live in a cage? Humans are the ones making these animals extinct. I am not all that sure what it teaches children except that it is ok to lock up animals in cages for your entertainment.

  7. Karen Mckay says:

    Zoos are filth.

  8. Jaqueline Pflucker says:

    Dumb asses!

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