Target: Angela Enders, Zookeeper at the Mobile Zoo
Goal: Transfer lonely chimpanzee from roadside zoo to a reputable sanctuary.
In Wilmer, Alabama, a roadside zoo holds a lone chimpanzee who is confined to a bleak enclosure. The zoo, known as the Mobile Zoo, has been cited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) numerous times for not providing the social and environmental stimuli that Joe, the chimpanzee, requires. Joe has not had an easy life and it is time he is brought to a proper sanctuary.
Chimpanzees in the wild live in large groups and will play and groom each other for hours. They also roam and explore the vast wilderness they live in. Chimpanzees, like humans, will suffer many mental problems when confined alone for long periods of time. Joe has been denied these natural and basic privileges.
In Joe’s younger days, he was used in the entertainment industry. His trainer exploited him in order to make money. Joe’s former trainer has also been cited by the USDA repeatedly, regarding many of the animals he owns. When Joe was no longer useful to him, he dumped Joe at the Mobile Zoo where he has been almost completely alone for the past 16 years. Not only has Joe been alone all these years, the zoo has also allowed visitors to throw peanuts at Joe. Joe should not have to live in this miserable existence anymore.
Sign this petition and demand that the Mobile Zoo retire Joe to a reputable sanctuary. Joe has been exploited for much of his life and it is time he lives his life on his own accord.
Dear Ms. Enders,
The zoo you work at, the Mobile Zoo, has held Joe the chimpanzee captive for 16 years. For most of these 16 years, Joe has been in isolation. This neglect needs to be put to an end.
Your facility has received many citations from the USDA. In fact, the zoo has received so many violations that it is now being sued by the USDA. At one point, your facility allowed the public to throw peanuts at Joe. This not only shows the carelessness of your facility but also the lack of respect you have for your animals. On top of all this, the Mobile Zoo has not provided the proper social and environmental stimuli Joe requires. In the wild, chimpanzees live in large groups and will spend hours playing and grooming each other. Like humans, chimpanzees will suffer many mental problems when kept in isolation for too long.
Joe’s suffering needs to stop. I urge you to release Joe to an accredited sanctuary where he can live the rest of his days happy and healthy. If you truly love the animals like you claim you do, then you know that a sanctuary is best for Joe.
[Your Name Here]
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