Target: Jill Robinson MBE, founder of Animals Asia
Goal: Investigate the death of a panda in the Zhengzhou Zoo in China
Recently, visitors to the Zhengzhou Zoo noticed that the giant panda Jin Yi was missing, and zoo officials told visitors that she was sent away for “mating.” However, days later, the panda was pronounced dead from organ failure after bleeding from gastroenteritis.
At a press event, zoo officials told reporters that the panda started refusing food on February 7, 2014. In the next two days, Jin Yi’s physical and mental health quickly deteriorated. She died in the early morning of February 9.
But eyewitness testimony states the zoo has been mistreating the panda, which led to her death. Journalists who have visited Jin Yi’s enclosure reported seeing feces in her enclosure, some of it mixed into her bamboo. Visitors to the zoo also recall the zoo staff forcing Jin Yi to pose for photos in the summer, and if she did not comply, she was whipped. Others claim that the panda was fed a poor diet of corn cakes instead of bamboo.
Of course, the zoo has denied all of these allegations. Jin Yi is scheduled for an autopsy, but the results won’t arrive for another two weeks. However, it is imperative that a third party investigate and examine the zoo’s practices and see if they were the cause of Jin Yi’s death. Animals Asia is an organization that specializes in the welfare of Asian bears. The organization also investigates zoos across Asia for animal abuse, and they collaborate with the China Association of Zoological Gardens to make positive changes. This investigation could reveal any abusive practices and prevent future deaths. Sign this petition and ask Animals Asia to begin an investigation.
Dear Jill Robinson,
I wonder if the news of Jin Yi’s death has reached you. This giant panda was greatly beloved by visitors, and the species itself has gained massive popularity over the years. It should come as no surprise then that when Jin Yi disappeared from her enclosure, visitors started asking about her whereabouts. Zoo officials stated that she was sent off for mating, but days later officials claimed she died from organ failure.
Journalists who visited her enclosure reported feces in her habitat, some of it mixed into her bamboo. Visitors also claimed to see Jin Yi forced into poses for photos during the intense summer heat. If she did not comply, she was whipped. Others claim she was fed a poor diet of corn cake instead of bamboo.
I ask that your organization, Animals Asia, conduct an investigation into Jin Yi’s death and see if there was any abuse or neglect related to her death. The public is already suspicious since the zoo lied about her disappearance, and is denying these allegations made by visitors. Please find the truth of this matter and help ensure that future deaths related to neglect and abuse are prevented.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Colegota via Wikimedia