Target: Lee Ehmke, President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Goal: Investigate zoos for extreme animal cruelty and rehouse any abused animals to reputable sanctuaries.
Zoos have been abusing their animals and allowing them to live in unsuitable conditions even though they have World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) accreditation, according to new reports. If these zoos are not investigated and abusive zoos are not shut down, animals will continue to needlessly suffer.
Some examples of animal abuse that have been seen include a shackled elephant being forced to perform at the Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, animals being kept in deplorable conditions at Zoo Negara in Malaysia, dolphins being coerced to jump through fiery hoops by Taman Safari employees in Indonesia and even a small bear cub being maliciously thrown into an enclosure with an extremely large tiger at the Everland Park in South Korea. Ironically, zoos that hold WAZA accreditation are required to maintain the highest standards, and zookeepers affiliated with them are only supposed to encourage animals to display their natural behaviors. Yet most of the zoos that have been accused of breaking accreditation rules have not been investigated or punished for any such actions.
Sign this petition and demand that all zoos found not to be living up to WAZA’s accreditation standards be shut down and that all animals being either physically abused or found to be living in intolerable conditions be rehoused immediately. Zoos are supposed to be safe sanctuaries for animals, not abusive playgrounds for the wicked.
Dear President Ehmke,
Animals are supposed to be protected and well cared for under the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums organization. However, recent allegations have surfaced which state that some zoos holding this accreditation have severely abused their animals and have been kept in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
It is important that these zoos be investigated and that those not following accreditation standards be closed down immediately. Any abused animals also need to be rehoused to suitable zoos and sanctuaries for their own safety. If this abuse continues to be overlooked, more animals will suffer at the hands of soulless human beings.
Specific examples of abuse include employees at the Taman Safari in Indonesia making dolphins jump through fiery hoops and zookeepers throwing a bear cub in with a large tiger at the Everland Park in South Korea. Other zoos that have been noted for allowing their zookeepers to display this type of heinous animal abuse include the Dusit Zoo in Bangkok and Zoo Negara in Malaysia.
WAZA is supposed to uphold zoos to the highest standards when it comes to how animals are treated. Clearly, throwing a bear cub into an enclosure with a large tiger or forcing dolphins to jump through hoops that are on fire are overwhelming examples of disgusting animal abuse.
If these zoos are not investigated for their possible horrific actions, many animals may continue to suffer. Furthermore, several reputable zoos holding WAZA accreditation will likely lose faith in your organization and decide to no longer be affiliated with it. For all of these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to investigate zoos accredited under your organization that have been accused of such inexcusable animal abuse immediately. Animals deserve homes where they can live in peace, not abuse and mistreatment by heartless humans.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: WAZA Executive Office via Wikimedia Commons