Target: Albuquerque Chief of Police Gorden Eden
Goal: Find and prosecute killer of endangered Tasmanian Devil
The Albuquerque BioPark Zoo recently lost one of four Tasmanian Devil’s on loan from Australia. An endangered species, the Tasmanian Devil was sent to New Mexico as part of a breeding program to increase the species’ numbers. Jasper was found dead one morning with fractures to his skull. The identity of the killer is unknown. The police of Albuquerque, New Mexico should devote some of their police officers into finding the suspect, as this is a possible case of animal cruelty.
The zoo has since increased security, even offering a $5,000 reward for any information regarding the suspect. Cameras have been added, and security guards have been stationed around the enclosure. Unfortunately, surveillance cameras weren’t able to capture the identity of the killer. The only hint that the zoo staff has to go off is a piece of asphalt found by Jasper’s body. Authorities state that Jasper died from a skull fracture and brain trauma.
Jasper was one of four Tasmanian Devils loaned to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo by Healsville Sanctuary in Australia. Tasmanian Devils are the world’s largest carnivorous marsupials, and were given their name by European settlers because of their tenacious and aggressive nature. Unlike many other endangered species that are threatened by human activity, the Tasmanian Devil has become an endangered species due to the spread of an extremely contagious cancer called devil facial tumor disease. The cancer causes massive lumps to form around the head and mouth of the Tasmanian Devil, making it impossible for them to eat. These animals eventually starve to death. Animal conservationists in Australia have since quarantined populations that do not show signs of the cancer.
The police of Albuquerque should offer their services in finding the suspect, as this is also an issue of trespassing and animal cruelty. Sign this petition and urge Chief of Police Gorden Eden to devote some officers to this task.
Dear Chief of Police Eden,
Recently the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo experienced a terrible loss. Jasper, one of the four Tasmanian Devils that was on loan to the zoo, was found dead in his enclosure. He suffered blunt force trauma, and the zoo currently does not have any leads regarding the suspect. I am writing to urge your police force to find the killer.
Tasmanian Devils are an endangered species and humans are doing what they can to revive them. This case should be of import to your police force, as this deals with animal cruelty and trespassing. It is also crucial that the police find out who the killer is so this incident does not repeat itself. Again, please assign police officers to investigate this matter for the sake of this endangered species.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Mike Lehmann via Wikimedia Commons