Relocate Severely Confined Lion to Wildlife Sanctuary

Target: Carmen García, Agent at Mexico’s Federal Agency for Environmental Protection

Goal: Relocate lion confined to a small concrete cage to a U.S. wildlife sanctuary.

Diego, a young male lion, was born in captivity and raised as a pet. Nearly two years ago, Diego was confiscated by Mexican authorities when his owner became part of a criminal investigation. Diego was sent to Zacango Zoo, just outside of Mexico City. At the zoo, Diego is being confined to a small concrete cage where he is showing signs of stress, frustration, and boredom. Diego’s advocates would like him to be moved to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado as soon as possible, but Mexico’s Federal Agency for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) currently has legal custody of Diego and has not yet approved his relocation.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary has 30 years of experience working with mistreated wild animals. They are the largest sanctuary for carnivores in America. Located on 720 acres of land, the Wild Animal Sanctuary’s large acreage habitats are a far cry from the small enclosure Diego is currently confined to. Not only can the Wild Animal Sanctuary offer Diego the space and mental stimulation he needs to live a happy life, but the sanctuary is also home to other African lions. Most people probably know that lions in the wild live in social groups, or prides, and rarely live solitary lives. Diego, however, is being kept alone at the Zacango Zoo.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary has already agreed to handle the expenses associated with Diego’s relocation. Diego’s original owner has agreed to do whatever is necessary to relocate Diego to the Colorado sanctuary. All that’s needed now is PROFEPA’s permission. By signing this petition, you are urging PROFEPA to approve the plan to relocate Diego to the Wild Animal Sanctuary, where he will receive the expert care, space, and social interactions that he needs to lead a happy life.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Carmen García,

This letter is in regards to Diego, the male lion who has been kept in a small concrete cage at the Zacango Zoo for the past two years. It is well known that African lions in the wild live in social groups, or prides, and roam over territory that can be as vast as 100 square miles. Keeping Diego confined alone in a small enclosure is cruel. Diego has been displaying obvious signs of stress, frustration, and boredom such as constant cage pacing while under the care of the Zacango Zoo. Forcing him to remain in his current enclosure at the zoo will only increase this poor animal’s frustration. No animal deserves to live a life trapped inside a small cage.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary of Colorado has agreed, at no cost to you, to relocate Diego to their 720 acre facility. The sanctuary has 30 years of experience caring for large carnivores and can offer Diego the space, mental stimulation, and companionship that he needs to lead a happy life.

Please give the Wild Animal Sanctuary legal permission to relocate Diego to their facility. He will be well cared for there, and will be able to lead a much happier life than the one he’s leading now. Diego’s life is in your hands. ‘Helping one animal may not change the world, but surely, for that one animal, the world will change forever!’

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. viv morgan says:

    I agree with Debby, confine the one who did this to the lion – see what they think of it!

  2. Why do they insist on making prisoners out of these beautiful, innocent, magnificent animals, who belong free in their natural habitats?

  3. Fran Fulwiler says:

    This poor lion is being punished because his “owner” was apparently involved in criminal activity. That is just completely wrong!

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